Steelers' signees include former Heisman winner, Penn State standout
January 20, 2012 10:00 AM
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Troy Smith of the San Francisco 49ers runs with the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a Nov. 2010 game at Candlestick Park.
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Derrick Williams was a standout receiver at Penn State.
By Ed Bouchette Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Steelers have signed quarterback Troy Smith, the 2006 Heisman Trophy winner at Ohio State who was drafted and played for the Baltimore Ravens.
Smith is among the latest group of players the team has signed to a reserve/futures contract for the 2012 roster. They include former Penn State wide receiver Derrick Williams, who announced via Twitter that he had signed with the Steelers, and four others.
The Ravens drafted Smith on the fifth round in 2007 and he was a backup in Baltimore for three seasons. He was with San Francisco in 2010 and then with the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL last season.
Williams was drafted in the third round by the Detroit Lions in 2009 but waived by them before the start of last season.
Others signed included wide receivers Tyler Beiler, Jimmy Young and David Gilreath, and cornerback Walter McFadden.