Two more offensive linemen officially rejoined the Steelers. Trai Essex, a versatile seven-year veteran who had become an unrestricted free agent, signed a one-year contract. Starting guard Doug Legursky signed his one-year, $1.26 million tender as a restricted free agent.
"I am ecstatic to announce that I am back," Essex wrote on Twitter.
Essex spent all seven of his seasons in the NFL with the Steelers, who drafted him in the third round from Northwestern in 2005. He broke in as a tackle but can 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.
Legursky followed the earlier path of starting right guard Ramon Foster in signing his RFA tender. He could have solicited offers from other teams until next Friday.
Four more college players also visited the Steelers Thursday as prospective draft picks: linebacker Dont'a Hightower of Alabama; running back LaMichael James and tight end David Paulson of Oregon; guard Amini Silatolu of Midwestern State.
For more on the Steelers, read the blog, Ed Bouchette on the Steelers at www.post-gazette.com/plus. Ed Bouchette: email@example.com and Twitter @EdBouchette. First Published April 13, 2012 12:00 AM