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Steelers keep linebacker Vince Williams with extension

Vince Williams, Ryan Shazier

AP

The Steelers announced Tuesday that they’ve signed inside linebacker Vince Williams to a new, three-year contract.

Williams, a sixth-round pick in 2013, has been a valuable inside linebacker and special teamer in all three of his previous seasons. He’s again listed second on the depth chart at one of the team’s two inside linebacker spots as the Steelers prepare for the 2016 season.

Williams has played in 47 games and started 13 in his career. He was very much in the middle of last year’s Steelers-Bengals heated moments that turned into offseason social media chatter that’s stoked the rivalry between the two teams.

Known as a run stopper, Williams also produced two fumble recoveries, a pass breakup and split a sack last season.