Steelers re-sign backup Frazier

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The Steelers did not offer a contract to former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Joey Galloway, the first unrestricted free agent they played host to since free agency began Feb. 27.

They did not offer a contract to Tennessee Titans cornerback/return specialist Chris Carr, who has shopped his services to three other NFL teams.

And they remain far apart in their negotiations with outside linebacker James Harrison, whom they would like to reward with a new contract before the 2009 season.

So, with a little lull in the financial action, they went back to the business of securing their own unrestricted free agents.

Andre Frazier, a backup outside linebacker, signed a two-year, $1,375,000 contract yesterday to return to the team -- the third unrestricted free agent the Steelers have re-signed.

Frazier will receive a signing bonus of $125,000 and salaries of $625,000 in 2009 and $630,000 in 2010.

He joins tackle Max Starks and guard Chris Kemoeatu as players who have been re-signed during the free-agency period.

Galloway, 37, and Carr, 25, each visited the Steelers this week, and each left without an offer from the team. That does not mean the Steelers are not interested in the players; rather, they think there is no urgency to sign either Galloway or Carr, even at the expense of losing them to another team.

Meantime, negotiations with Harrison have slowed, and the sides remain far apart on a new contract for the NFL's defensive player of the year. Harrison has one year remaining on a contract that will pay him $1.4 million in 2009, and it is not likely there will be an agreement anytime soon on a new deal.

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