Steelers re-sign backup offensive lineman

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The re-signing of tackle-guard Guy Whimper gives the Steelers eight veteran offensive linemen under contract and possibly completes their line for the 2014 season.

Whimper signed a one-year contract Monday to return as a backup for his ninth NFL season. He joined the Steelers in May after the Jacksonville Jaguars released him. He started two games for the Steelers and played in 11 — at both guard positions and at right tackle.

He has started 24 games and played in 78 in a career that began when he was drafted by the New York Giants in the fourth round in 2006 from East Carolina.

Last week, the Steelers re-signed backup center-guard Cody Wallace.

Their starting offensive line is set pending the competition between Marcus Gilbert and Mike Adams at right tackle. The rest of the starters are Kelvin Beachum at left tackle, Ramon Foster at left guard, center Maurkice Pouncey and David DeCastro at right guard.

Rookies will be added to the group, but it is unlikely the Steelers will sign any more veterans, unless free-agent center-guard Fernando Velasco, still overcoming a torn Achilles Nov. 28, returns.


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