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Steelers will sign Justin Hunter


The Steelers plan to sign wide receiver Justin Hunter,’s Jeremy Fowler reported.

Hunter has bounced around the league, but the Steelers are apparently intrigued with his size and speed. The Steelers aren’t sure about the status of wide receiver Martavis Bryant, who was suspended for all of last season, and the addition of Hunter could indicate the Steelers aren’t expecting Bryant back. It could also could be a not-so-subtle message to Sammie Coates that he needs to be better.

Hunter, 25, was a third-round pick of the Titans in 2013. He wound up with 10 catches for 189 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games for the Bills last season after being cut by the Titans and later by the Dolphins.

The Steelers have had some free agents in on visits but hadn’t previously signed one. Hunter visited the Patriots last week and visited the Steelers earlier this week.

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13 Responses to “Steelers will sign Justin Hunter”
  1. wib22 says: Mar 15, 2017 11:24 AM

    A reminder that he’s catching passes from someone who should be in a jail cell.

  2. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Mar 15, 2017 11:30 AM

    camp casualty, practice squad

  3. citizenstrange says: Mar 15, 2017 11:33 AM

    The former No. 34 overall pick in 2013, Hunter has never really put his intriguing blend of size (6’4/203) and speed (4.44 forty) together at the pro level, though he has shown some red-zone and deep-ball skills with 12 touchdowns and a career 16.7 YPR average.
    No. 34 overall is the second pick of the second round. Not a third-round pick.

  4. mgolden62 says: Mar 15, 2017 11:53 AM

    oh my gosh I am soooo excited as a Steeler fan. Justin Hunter….our problems have been solved. I am surprised they didn’t trade a fifth round pick for him before he became a free agent. This off season is going to give me CTE from banging my head against the wall.

  5. thisoneguy1 says: Mar 15, 2017 11:57 AM

    handsofsteelhartofstone says:
    camp casualty, practice squad

    I realize you were just trying (but failed) to be funny, but Justin Hunter has been on an active roster for at least six games in more than two NFL seasons, therefore he is not eligible for anyone’s practice squad.

  6. steelcurtainn says: Mar 15, 2017 12:02 PM

    Just in time to pick up his sb ring this year.

  7. clashpoint says: Mar 15, 2017 12:07 PM

    He’s not exactly the signing I was hoping for, but he’s definitely perfect as far as risk and reward goes. He’s cheap insurance that might not even make the team. Best case scenario imho the Steelers WRs are Brown, Bryant, Coates, Rogers, and Heyward-Bey for his special teams prowess. Ayers and Hamilton on the practice squad. If so, that’s the best group of wide receivers in the league. Hunter is a typical Steelers signing though, while he’s not a big one he’s still a prudent one.

    Go Steelers!

  8. billsfan25 says: Mar 15, 2017 1:26 PM

    In 28 years of having Bills season tickets, I never noticed a WR on any team give up on plays, and not fight to get open for a QB, once the o-line protection broke down, like Hunter would. Taylor would scramble for his life and Hunter basically went into jog mode.

    There is a reason this God gifted talent has been on 4 teams in 7 months. Waste of a guy being 6-4 and being able to run a 4.4 forty. Good luck to him in Pittsburgh.

  9. savethebs says: Mar 15, 2017 4:01 PM

    There is a reason this God gifted talent has been on 4 teams in 7 months. Waste of a guy being 6-4 and being able to run a 4.4 forty. Good luck to him in Pittsburgh.
    Exactly. As a Titans & Vols fan not many players have disappointed me the way Hunter did. Randy Moss physical tools. And he can’t do anything with them. He is soooo soft.

  10. mrclutch5569 says: Mar 15, 2017 5:49 PM

    This is the same guy who hurt himself in training camp with the Titans trying to jump and touch the ceiling. He has such great physical tools with speed and size but doesn’t have the my ball mentality when it’s up for grabs. Been a fan of his but he you can’t teach toughness. Maybe Tomlin can tap into his potential

  11. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says: Mar 16, 2017 9:37 AM

    Hunter has a lot of experience playing for losing teams. He’ll fit right in!

  12. jobotjones says: Mar 16, 2017 3:13 PM

    Calling out other WR’s on the team but no mention of the facts that Wheaton left.

    They could just be adding to their corps not chasing players out of town…

  13. tk1966 says: Mar 17, 2017 4:45 PM

    takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says:

    Hunter has a lot of experience playing for losing teams. He’ll fit right in!


    Second highest winning percentage in Super Bowl Era
    Third most wins in the last ten years
    Three losing seasons in last 25 years
    17 Playoff appearances in those same 25 years
    And of course most Super Bowl wins in the NFL

    Sorry takeyourpunishment – you are the one who is whining ans soudning like a baby. And your stupidity is showing.

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