Though the free agency period doesn’t open until March 5, there’s still plenty of offseason business to be done.
The Steelers, for example, have signed a pair of players: punter Adam Graessle and receiver Brandon London.
Graessle knows a thing or two about kicking the ball in Heinz Field; he punted for Pitt through 2008. Last year, Graessle punted in the UFL after being cut by the Packers as an undrafted free agent.
Current Steelers punter Daniel Sepulveda is eligible for restricted free agency. The decision to sign Graessle could be interpreted as protection against another team making Sepulveda an offer that the Steelers opt not to match.
London was out of football in 2009 after spending the prior season with the Dolphins. He appeared in 14 games and started one. The former Massachusetts wideout spent 2007 on the Giants’ practice squad, which means that his jewelry collection includes a Super Bowl ring.
During the offseason, teams are permitted to carry 80 players on the roster. The number stays at 80 until late August.