Steelers play host to free agents Justin Hunter, Jay Elliott
March 13, 2017 3:36 PM
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Justin Hunter has played in 48 NFL games, with 14 starts.
By Ray Fittipaldo / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Steelers are playing host to two free agents Monday, but more are scheduled to visit in the coming days.
Receiver Justin Hunter, previously of the Titans, Bills and Dolphins, and linebacker Jay Elliott, who played the past three seasons for the Packers, are spending the day the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side.
Hunter has played in 48 NFL games, with 14 starts. He has 78 career receptions and 12 career touchdowns. He had 10 catches and four touchdowns last season.
Elliott, who plays outside linebacker, played in 38 games with the Packers the past three seasons.
NFL Network reported earlier Monday that free agent cornerback Davon House was visiting with the Steelers Monday, but it looks like his visit will take place Tuesday. Free agent linebacker Dont’a Hightower, one of the top remaining free agents, also is scheduled to visit this week.
Hightower is an inside linebacker and a candidate to replace Lawrence Timmons, who signed Friday with the Miami Dolphins. Hightower turned 27 last week and is four years younger than Timmons. He would, however, come at a much higher price, perhaps as high as $10 million per season. Timmons signed with the Dolphins for $12 million over two seasons with $11 million guaranteed.
Hightower previously visited the Titans and Jets, and the Patriots are interested in re-signing him. Hightower has started 64 games with the Patriots and just earned his second Super Bowl ring as an integral part of their top-ranked defense.
If Hightower decides to return to New England, the Steelers have veteran Vince Williams, also 27, to plug into the starting lineup. Williams has 17 starts under his belt in four seasons with the Steelers and signed a three-year, $5.5 million deal to remain with the team last summer.
House has played in 72 NFL games, with 34 starts. A third-round pick of the Packers in 2011, House started 14 games in four seasons with the Packers before signing a four-year, $24 million deal with the Jaguars in free agency. House started all 16 games for the Jaguars in 2015, but started just four last season.
Pitt tight end Scott Orndoff also is visiting the Steelers Monday. Local college prospects are allowed to visit the Steelers at their facility without it counting against their 30 pre-draft visits that will start later this month.
Pitt tight end Scott Orndoff also is visiting the Steelers Monday. Local college prospects are allowed to visit the Steelers at their facility without it counting against their 30 predraft visits that will start later this month.
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