Steelers reach agreement with Kemoeatu
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The Steelers came to a contract agreement with guard Chris Kemoeatu that will pay him $20 million over the next five years.
There were reports that Kemoeatu was about to sign with the New York Jets for the same amount, but he decided to stay with the Steelers instead.
"Obviously, he's very happy," said his agent, Ken Vierra. "The Jets were extremely aggressive and professional. At the end of the day, it was an opportunity to win another Super Bowl and stay with his teammates, along with a good, aggressive, solid offer from the Steelers. That was enough to keep him there."
The signing eases what was developing into a crisis at guard for the Steelers. They released veteran Kendall Simmons on Thursday and were left with Darnell Stapleton as their only experienced guard and Jeremy Parquet, who has been in and out of the league since 2005 without ever getting into a game until he played briefly in five of them with the Steelers the past season.
Kemoeatu became a starter in his fourth season with the Steelers, who drafted him on the sixth round in 2005. Coincidentally, he became a starter after the New York Jets signed their veteran All-Pro guard, Alan Faneca, one year ago.
Kemoeatu will receive a $3.885 million signing bonus as part of his new contract with the Steelers.
First Published February 27, 2009 2:17 pm