Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau never fails to mention Carnell Lake's name when he lists some of the best players he has coached.
Now, he might be reunited with him.
Lake, a former five-time Pro Bowl safety who played 10 seasons with the Steelers (1989-98), interviewed Wednesday with coach Mike Tomlin for the vacant secondary coach position.
A former No. 2 draft choice, Lake had 16 interceptions, 17 fumble recoveries, 25 sacks and 5 defensive touchdowns in his Steelers career.
Lake was a secondary coach at his alma mater, UCLA, in 2009, but resigned after one season because of family reasons. He would replace Ray Horton, who left after the Super Bowl to become defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals.
If he were hired by the Steelers, Lake would join his former backfield mate, Rod Woodson, as a first-year assistant coach in the NFL. Woodson joined the Oakland Raiders as cornerbacks coach two weeks ago.
Lake also would be the second former Steelers player hired by Tomlin as an assistant coach. Former linebacker Jerry Olsavsky is a defensive assistant with the team.
Four-time Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison had a second back surgery Wednesday that is expected to keep him down four more weeks, his agent, Bill Parise, said.
The surgery was performed by team neurosurgeon Dr. Joseph Maroon, just nine days after Harrison had an initial surgery to remove a piece of a herniated disk off a nerve.
"Just a little cleanup," Parise said. "It's nothing in any shape or form that is significant. It's probably a better recovery now because we got a better result now."
Harrison reported his impending surgery on his Facebook page, saying, "It's back to 6 weeks of down time instead of 5. O'well, better to have caught it now instead of a month from now."
Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, whose contract expired after the season, has signed a one-year deal to return for the 2011 season.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported last week that Arians, who was excused from attending the NFL combine in Indianapolis, intended to sign a contract and return for his fifth season as offensive coordinator.
Typically, the Steelers sign their assistant coaches to two-year contracts, but Arians and LeBeau each signed a one-year deal for 2011.
LeBeau has worked on one-year contracts since returning as defensive coordinator in 2004.
Team president Art Rooney II said in Chantilly, Va., that the club wants tackle Flozell Adams back next season, denying an ESPN report that Adams would be released.
Adams, who will turn 36 this year, has a $5 million salary for next season.
Although the Steelers have not yet announced the restricted free agent tenders they have given their players, Rooney said all eligible players received tenders: tackles Willie Colon and Tony Hills, quarterback Dennis Dixon, cornerback William Gay and tight end Matt Spaeth.
Gerry Dulac: email@example.com . Staff writer Ed Bouchette contributed to this report. First Published March 3, 2011 5:00 AM