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Steelers re-sign tight end Michael Palmer


The Steelers have retained some veteran depth at tight end.

Michael Palmer, who played 16 games for the Steelers as a reserve in 2013, has re-signed with Pittsburgh for one season, the club said Friday.

Palmer (6-5, 252) played three seasons with the Falcons (2010-2012) before joining the Steelers. He has hauled in 22 passes for 131 yards and three TDs in his NFL career.

The 26-year-old Palmer played 49 snaps for Pittsburgh in 2013, according to Pro Football Focus. He will compete for a backup role behind Heath Miller on offense, and he could also vie for some special teams coverage work.

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24 Responses to “Steelers re-sign tight end Michael Palmer”
  1. 2blingluvinit says: Mar 21, 2014 10:07 AM

    Going all the way Baby !!! HaHaHa

  2. clashpoint says: Mar 21, 2014 10:18 AM

    Well, at least we now know who the Steelers 3rd string tight end will be. Free agency news is starting to slow down a bit, hmm?

  3. getyourownname says: Mar 21, 2014 10:19 AM

    It’s sad when you have to make announcements about re-signing a player who contributed 3 snaps per game.

  4. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 21, 2014 10:21 AM

    The decline continues.

  5. hakunamangata says: Mar 21, 2014 10:22 AM

    he must have been 38

  6. deflateddome says: Mar 21, 2014 10:22 AM

    Look at the picture, the guy looks like a reject guard from the Arena League..

    The best thing Tomlin does is stay out of LeBeau’s office

  7. says: Mar 21, 2014 10:23 AM

    Palmer provides some depth, but not much else than that from what I’ve seen.

    With Heath Miller getting closer to the end of his career, now might be a good time for the Steelers to look for his replacement in the draft. Outside of Ebron, there don’t appear to be any true studs in this class, but somebody like CJ Fiedorowicz in the 3rd or 4th round might be a decent value.

  8. steelerfanjo says: Mar 21, 2014 10:24 AM

    Why… makes no sense. Sign players that can play. Colbert must have been with Irsay Sunday night. Is anybody minding the Steeler offices? Enough is enough.

  9. thepittsburghkid says: Mar 21, 2014 10:48 AM

    This guy is nothing but depth, it’s not like he’s going to have a significant roll in the offense. The fact thats it is news, is because we are the Steelers. One of the proudest, most decorated franchises in sports.

  10. joemammy says: Mar 21, 2014 10:50 AM

    This is the kind of thing that keeps the fans drinking that $10 stadium beer.

  11. SmashMouthFootball says: Mar 21, 2014 11:10 AM

    Why bother telling anyone this? Then I realize they’ll probably move him to receiver since he’s one of only a few guys left to catch a pass.

  12. stoogy says: Mar 21, 2014 11:18 AM

    Practice squad guy.

  13. sbchampsagain says: Mar 21, 2014 11:22 AM

    Colbert hits another home run! Haha!

    Colbert is the greatest thing to happen to the Ravens!

  14. millikensteeler says: Mar 21, 2014 11:27 AM


    I’d worry about throw it up Joe and the Ravens skippy.

  15. melikefootball says: Mar 21, 2014 11:28 AM

    Tomlin is the down fall of the Steelers. His decision making has some serious flaws. We thank him for making the rest of teams in the division more competitive.

  16. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 21, 2014 11:32 AM

    Colbert hits another home run! Haha!

    Colbert is the greatest thing to happen to the Ravens!

    It’s funny how raven trolls talk trash in the off season only to hide when they start losing in the regular season. Funny how you idolize a guy like Ozzie going 8-8 and third in the conference, but feel Colbert is a failure…you can heal stupid.

  17. millikensteeler says: Mar 21, 2014 11:34 AM


    Yep, the Browns have definitely gotten better. lol and the Ravens finishing third behind the Steelers fresh off their Superbowl win.

    The Bengals, split with the Steelers and got walloped at home. Id be real happy too.

  18. jtbsteeler says: Mar 21, 2014 11:34 AM

    Ozzie Newsome is batting a goose egg the last two offseasons. 36 year old Steve Smith?

    The Steelers bench olineman are better than 4 of your starters.

    Whimper > RT, LG, C
    Mike Adams > RT (no one there, big hole in your lineup)
    Cody Wallace > RT, C, LG, LT

  19. steelerdeathstar says: Mar 21, 2014 11:36 AM

    Palmer will most likely not even be their 3rd TE…that will more than likely be David Paulson. Not a big signing, for sure…but you need depth, and he’s a veteran who’s a good blocker, and actually can catch a pass.
    Certain outlets possibly connect the Steelers with ND TE Troy Niklas…another of the Mathews clan.

  20. steelcurtainn says: Mar 21, 2014 12:10 PM

    Whats the big deal, He’s just signed for depth purposes. Michael Palmer can still burn the starting defense of the Ratbirds and Bungles with their slow linebackers.

  21. SmashMouthFootball says: Mar 21, 2014 12:29 PM

    I would say batting a goose egg is bringing in guys for visits but failing to sign anyone of significance while fighting through the off season 2nd worse in cap space.

  22. dadamson1955 says: Mar 21, 2014 12:29 PM

    The Steelers are returning to the 80’s type of foundering. SAD!!!

  23. jlingo says: Mar 21, 2014 12:45 PM

    Heath Miller is the starting TE, and a pretty good one at that! Palmer is a backup TE and a Special Teams guy. Both things the Steelers need.

  24. darthslayrr says: Mar 21, 2014 1:30 PM

    I think both photos are of David Paulson.

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