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Three free agents pay the Steelers a visit

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It’s a busy day for visitors at Steelers headquarters.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the team will be playing host to three veteran free agents in search of jobs on Wednesday. Linebacker Brandon Johnson, kicker Dave Rayner and linebacker Matt Roth will all be in Pittsburgh to meet with the team.

Johnson played every game of the last four seasons for the Bengals, mostly as a reserve and key special teams contributor. He would likely play the same role if he wound up with the Steelers and they have a need with the departure of James Farrior earlier this offseason.

Rayner would provide competition for Shaun Suisham. He played one game for the Raiders last year and then wound up in Buffalo after Rian Lindell went down with an injury. Rayner made 10-of-15 field goals for the Bills and he’s made 72.2 percent of them over the course of his career. Suisham has made 37-of-46 field goals in his two years with the Steelers.

Roth played just nine games for the Jaguars last season because of a concussion. He picked up 3.5 sacks in those games and the Steelers are probably looking at him as depth behind James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley as a pass-rushing outside linebacker.

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12 Responses to “Three free agents pay the Steelers a visit”
  1. bathroombenlovemachine says: May 9, 2012 12:40 PM

    The Steelers are the 2nd best team in Pennsylvania.

    Eagles will win Super Bowl 47.

  2. randallflagg52 says: May 9, 2012 12:40 PM

    Who, who and who?

  3. Steeley McBeam says: May 9, 2012 12:54 PM

    Why is it so hard to find a reliable kicker? Anyway, no need for any of these guys.

  4. steelymcbeam6 says: May 9, 2012 1:08 PM

    @Bathroom….that’s hilarious. Eagles are the retarded moronic cousin that still lives in his mothers basement of the steelers.

  5. steelymcbeam6 says: May 9, 2012 1:11 PM

    And even if the stars would aline and a miracle would occur and the eagles would accidentally happen to win SB47…still would be 5 championships behind the steelers…hence why the eagles are an afterthought in their own state.

  6. tbizell says: May 9, 2012 1:11 PM

    isnt that ironic the steelers are bringing in players that the bengals passed on lol

  7. jeffersonkostilnick says: May 9, 2012 1:17 PM

    I’m so excited about these visits that I literally just crapped my pants at work. Oh boy, the Boss isn’t going be pleased about this. Wish I brought a spare pair of slacks with me :(

  8. hornbuckle says: May 9, 2012 1:23 PM

    Johnson is a special teams beast and a very good backup. Hate to see him sign with the squealers.

  9. cincyorangenblack says: May 9, 2012 1:33 PM

    BJ would be a huge pickup for them. He’s been a very unheralded player for us, who is consistent, and a great lockerroom leader. played various LB spots for us and contributed on special teams….even as a backup he was one of the better pass coverage LB’s we had.

    could see his career catching fire if he goes to Pitt….please Mike Brown, don’t be an idiot and bring him back!

  10. blacknole08 says: May 9, 2012 1:39 PM

    Matt Roth would probably be a good fit for the vet minimum.

  11. dom867 says: May 9, 2012 2:46 PM

    Things steelers need to do
    Resign james farrior
    Sign a vet running back to go along wit redman since our starter is hurt
    Sign a decent corner to go along with taylor
    Sign a vet lineman
    SUPER BOWL CHAMPS !

  12. rabidbillsfan says: May 9, 2012 3:54 PM

    Wait, you mean the true culprit of the Jets beating the Bills hasn’t found a job? He gives a new meaning to ‘Soccer style’.

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