The Steelers stretched their string to three straight days for getting veteran players onto their roster when they came to terms today on a one-year contract with versatile offensive lineman Trai Essex.
"I am ecstatic to announce that I am back,'' Essex wrote on Twitter.
Essex, an unrestricted free agent, has spent all seven of his seasons in the NFL with the Steelers, who drafted him on the third round from Northwestern in 2005. He broke in as a tackle but can now play any position on the line, including center, and has started 28 games in his career.
Essex's agreement comes after the Steelers came to terms with two other veterans over the previous two days, wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery and tight end Leonard Pope.
Four college players also are visiting the Steelers today as prospective draft picks: linebacker Dont'a Hightower of Alabama, running back LaMichael James and tight end David Paulson, both of Oregon, and guard Amini Silatolu of Midwestern State.
First Published April 12, 2012 12:15 PM