Steelers sign Battle, Allen

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The Steelers wasted little time adding a pair of unrestricted free agents to their roster, signing San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Arnaz Battle and Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Will Allen to multi-year contracts today just hours after they visited the team's South Side offices.

Also, the Steelers have reached contract agreement with former Buffalo Bills tackle Jonathan Scott (6-foot-6, 318), an unrestricted free agent who started eight games for the Bills in 2009. Scott will be reunited with the Steelers' new offensive line coach, Sean Kugler, who coached in Buffalo last season.

Allen, 27, would be a likely replacement for Ryan Clark, an unrestricted free agent who is meeting today with the Miami Dolphins.

A former special teams captain for the Buccaneers, Allen played in only eight games last season after being placed on injured reserve with a thumb injury. He was a fourth-round draft choice out of Ohio State in 2004 who has four interceptions in 84 career games.

Battle, 30, had 178 catches for 2,150 yards and 11 touchdowns in seven seasons with the 49ers. Like Allen, he is considered a special-teams standout who performed on those units in 2009 for the Steelers new special teams coach, Al Everest.


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