Steelers re-sign OL Essex, CB Bryant
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The Steelers signed two veterans today, offensive lineman Trai Essex to a two-year contract and cornerback Fernando Bryant for oneyear.
Essex, who will enter his fifth season with the Steelers, will receive a signing bonus of $500,000 on a total contract worth nearly $2 million.
His signing means the Steelers have been able to keep four of their free agent offensive linemen. They previously signed Chris Kemoeatu to a five-year deal and have tackles Willie Colon and Max Starks under one-year contracts. They also released guard Kendall Simmons and did not try to re-sign tackle Marvel Smith.
Bryant, who turns 32 next week, signed a one-year deal with the Steelers Nov. 11 as a free agent. He played in just two games for them and did not suit up since Nov. 20 for a game. However, he gives them veteran depth at the position after they lost free agent Bryant McFadden, who signed with Arizona last week.
Essex and Bryant had become unrestricted free agents Feb. 27.
First Published March 17, 2009 1:15 pm