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Whimper signs with Steelers

| Monday, March 17, 2014, 1:24 p.m.

The Steelers brought back another backup offensive lineman by re-signing Guy Whimper to a one-year contract Monday.

Whimper, who played in seven games in his first season in Pittsburgh in 2013, is the second backup lineman to re-sign with the Steelers since the free agent signing period began last week.

Cody Wallace, who filled in at center during the final four games of last season, signed a three-year contract last week.

The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Whimper played 270 snaps last season, most of them in three games against the Ravens (48), Patriots (76) and Lions (79). He played start to finish in the Patriots and Lions games. Appearing in 11 games, he played at every offensive line position except center.

Whimper, a fourth-round pick by the New York Giants in 2006, will be entering his eighth NFL season. He made 21 starts, mostly at tackle, for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011 and 2012 before signing with the Steelers last year to provide offensive line depth.

The Steelers apparently won't bring back — at least for now — backup lineman Fernando Velasco, who made 11 starts at center following center Maurkice Pouncey's season-ending knee injury in the season opener. Velasco is continuing to heal from an Achilles' tendon injury that sidelined him for the final month of the season.

Velasco, Wallace and Whimper were the only three Steelers offensive linemen who were unrestricted free agents.

Running back James Starks (Packers) and wide receiver Lance Moore (Saints) are scheduled to visit the Steelers on Tuesday.

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