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Insider Only NFL: Townsend’s ability to play safety could extend his stay in Pittsburgh

For years, it’s been theorized that Deshea Townsend would make the transition from cornerback to safety in the latter part of this career.
That might be the case this year.
So far during OTAs,

Townsend, a 12th-year pro, has been taking plenty of snaps at safety for a few reasons.
For starters, Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark aren’t practicing now, so there’s a shortage of safeties.
Secondly, there are three new corners on the roster: Keenan Lewis, a third-round draft pick; Joe Burnett, a fifth-round draft pick; and Keiwan Ratliff, a sixth-year pro who was signed as an unrestricted free agent.
Thirdly, Townsend may be able to extend his stay in Pittsburgh by being able to play both corner and safety.

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