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After three seasons on the sidelines, Matt Stewart signs with Steelers

Matt Stewart played for the Falcons and Browns from 2001 to 2006 and was a starting linebacker in both spots. But he never played in a regular-season game in 2007, 2008 or 2009.

Stewart isn’t done in the NFL, however, and he’s trying to make it with the Steelers as a long snapper.

Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com reports that Stewart was signed to take the place of Jared Retkofsky, the long snapper who was released last week. The Steelers’ regular long snapper, Greg Warren, suffered a torn ACL for the second consecutive season in December.

In the last two years Stewart went to training camp with the Cardinals and Cowboys but was released before the season started.

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17 Responses to “After three seasons on the sidelines, Matt Stewart signs with Steelers”
  1. ricebowl says: Jun 8, 2010 9:11 AM

    The funny part about this is that if it was one of the other 31 teams (especially Ravens or Bengals), Steelers fans would tear them apart for signing a guy who hasnt played for 3 years. But because its the Steelers they’ll say that it’s not important and to just move along. Gotta love the unbiased opinions of a sports fan.

  2. Holeinone09 says: Jun 8, 2010 9:29 AM

    @ricebowl says:
    June 8, 2010 9:11 AM
    The funny part about this is that if it was one of the other 31 teams (especially Ravens or Bengals), Steelers fans would tear them apart for signing a guy who hasnt played for 3 years. But because its the Steelers they’ll say that it’s not important and to just move along. Gotta love the unbiased opinions of a sports fan.
    * * * * * *
    You should practice what you preach. Sounds like YOU are biased against the Steelers.
    BTW this is a tiny story, that for some reason you decided to comment on. Please get a life, thanks.

  3. this class sucks says: Jun 8, 2010 9:31 AM

    @ricebowl
    The funnier thing is, if the Ravens had signed him you wouldn’t have even commented.
    Are you really trying to imply that Steelers fans are any more biased than any others? Or are you secretly Florio trying to get comments on an other wise boring article?

  4. Maddog says: Jun 8, 2010 9:32 AM

    Right ricebowl, I’m sure Steeler fans would give a sh-t who the Ravens or Bengals signed as a long-snapper.

  5. WhoDeySood5 says: Jun 8, 2010 9:55 AM

    longsnapper tearing his ACL two years in a row…..ROIDS

  6. SteelCurtnDee says: Jun 8, 2010 10:38 AM

    lmao ricebowl you are a dumbass.
    Why would a Steelers fan (I’m one), “tear apart” another team for signing a guy who hasn’t played in 3 years? Why would I even care?
    If the Ravens want to sign a whole roster of guys that haven’t played in 3 years it wouldn’t bother me one bit.

  7. ItalianArmyGuy says: Jun 8, 2010 10:38 AM

    @ricebowl says: June 8, 2010 9:11 AM
    The funny part about this is that if it was one of the other 31 teams (especially Ravens or Bengals), Steelers fans would tear them apart for signing a guy who hasnt played for 3 years. But because its the Steelers they’ll say that it’s not important and to just move along. Gotta love the unbiased opinions of a sports fan.
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    Do you think the Steelers have no experience with guys who have been out of the league for awhile, coming in to make a contribution?
    Ever heard of 2008 Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison?
    Former Steelers starting QB Tommy Maddox?
    Steelers’ Hall of Fame running back Rocky Bleier?
    Should I name more? How about a guy they watched nearly beat them in a recent Super Bowl – Kurt Warner – you remember he was out of the league for awhile? Think the Steelers did not respect his abilities?
    I think the Steelers have plenty of experience with guys who have been out of the game, and your comments display a lack of football knowledge

  8. Matt says: Jun 8, 2010 10:54 AM

    ricebowl says: June 8, 2010 9:11 AM
    The funny part about this is that if it was one of the other 31 teams (especially Ravens or Bengals), Steelers fans would tear them apart for signing a guy who hasnt played for 3 years. But because its the Steelers they’ll say that it’s not important and to just move along. Gotta love the unbiased opinions of a sports fan
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    The guy was signed to be a long snapper, you jackass. No one cares if he hasn’t played for three years.

  9. 987654321 says: Jun 8, 2010 10:59 AM

    That is because nobody gives a rat’s @$$ about the Ravens or the Bungle’s crappy organization. The Pittsburgh Steelers are 6 time SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS. Show some respect to the greatness, you bunch of bozos.

  10. C.Bass says: Jun 8, 2010 12:58 PM

    Last time I checked, Ray Lewis and Donte Stallworth killed someone and the Bengals haven’t sniffed the SB in over 20 years.

  11. robert ethen says: Jun 8, 2010 1:00 PM

    With all that time to contemplate you’d think that Stewart would pick a safer position to make a comeback. Like gunner on kick returns or something.

  12. JohnnyU says: Jun 8, 2010 1:05 PM

    I respect the Steelers as an organization that I do the Steeler fans who do nothing but talk about the past and their six rings. Everything that matters is going to happen in the future. You get 6-7 months to celebrate the past season and then you have to move into the future. In the AFCN the near future is the Bengals and Ravens and even the Browns. They are rising and the Steelers are falling.
    Everyone has to make a pit top and it is time for the Steelers to come in and change the tires. The tread on a great team is getting a bit thin. It isn’t disrespect, it is reality. No team dynasty, the Steelers of the 70s, the Niners of the 90s or any other has stayed on top for more than 8-10 years. The Steelers are just due and their fans need to accept that. Mediocracy gets crunched in the AFCN. The Bengals learned that and have righted the ship. The Ravens have stopped the bleeding but their D is aging. The Browns are starting to get their rebuild right. The Steelers havn’t done as good of a job re tooling as they have in the past and it is catching up with them.

  13. JohnnyU says: Jun 8, 2010 1:06 PM

    I respect the Steelers as an organization that I do the Steeler fans who do nothing but talk about the past and their six rings. Everything that matters is going to happen in the future. You get 6-7 months to celebrate the past season and then you have to move into the future. In the AFCN the near future is the Bengals and Ravens and even the Browns. They are rising and the Steelers are falling.
    Everyone has to make a pit top and it is time for the Steelers to come in and change the tires. The tread on a great team is getting a bit thin. It isn’t disrespect, it is reality. No team dynasty, the Steelers of the 70s, the Niners of the 90s or any other has stayed on top for more than 8-10 years. The Steelers are just due and their fans need to accept that. Mediocracy gets crunched in the AFCN. The Bengals learned that and have righted the ship. The Ravens have stopped the bleeding but their D is aging. The Browns are starting to get their rebuild right. The Steelers havn’t done as good of a job re tooling as they have in the past and it is catching up with them.

  14. Rogue says: Jun 8, 2010 1:32 PM

    The Steelers are playing cheapy again they would have to pay Jared more money than they would have to pay Stewart in which they would pay him a minimum salary of 350K, but that is not much of a bargain difference in salary.

  15. Deb says: Jun 8, 2010 1:36 PM

    ROFL … Hey, ricebowl, are you some kind of a ringer who just shows up once in a blue moon to help PFT generate comments on nonstories? I don’t care if other AFC North teams sign guys who haven’t played in three years–especially not when they’re signing them to try out as long snappers.
    @WhoDeySood5 … Yeah, long snappers really need to worry about bulking up.

  16. this class sucks says: Jun 8, 2010 8:57 PM

    @JohnnyU
    Lets itemize why you are stupid.
    1. The 49ers were a dynasty in the 80′s. They won four Super Bowls in the 1980′s and then one in the 90′s. Although they did remain competitive in the 90′s.
    2. You said “No team…has stayed on top for more than 8-10 years.” The Steelers last Super Bowl was 2004. So that is less than 8-10 years away. So even your garbage reasoning doesn’t apply to the Steelers.
    3. In that disgusting first sentence you wrote you imply that the Steelers fans don’t have the right to celebrate their team’s rings. This is clearly biased on your part. A fan has every right to celebrate past accomplishments, especially when they are unique (IE: only team to win 6).
    4. You make a bunch of points on off season moves, but you don’t really discuss why the Steelers have gotten worse. You could have said the suspension. But you didn’t. You could have said the aging secondary. But you didn’t. You clearly don’t know what you are talking about and just repeat a lot of rhetoric words you hear on TV or from other posters. There is no reason to think (and I am sure most Bengal and Ravens, and maybe even Browns fans agree) that the Steelers will due worse than the Browns this year.
    You aren’t incorrect in saying the Steelers may have a tough season, but to try and imply that they are looking at hard times is baseless. You clearly aren’t an intelligent football fan, or you have a tough time conveying that intelligence.

  17. badthings says: Jun 11, 2010 5:49 PM

    att says: June 8, 2010 10:54 AM
    ricebowl says: June 8, 2010 9:11 AM
    The funny part about this is that if it was one of the other 31 teams (especially Ravens or Bengals), Steelers fans would tear them apart for signing a guy who hasnt played for 3 years. But because its the Steelers they’ll say that it’s not important and to just move along. Gotta love the unbiased opinions of a sports fan
    **********************************************
    The guy was signed to be a long snapper, you jackass. No one cares if he hasn’t played for three years.
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    More name calling Matt…………….

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