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Ex-Steelers center Okobi to sign with Arizona

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Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007
 

Former Steelers center Chukky Okobi is expected to sign a free-agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals, Okobi told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review today.

Okobi, en route to Arizona this afternoon, said he will sign a one-year deal with the Cardinals, who are coached by former Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.

Pittsburgh will always be a part of me, but I've gotta move on," said Okobi, a Pittsburgh native. "After everything that went down here, I didn't really fit in."

Okobi, who started seven games in six seasons with the Steelers, was released on Sept. 1.

At Arizona, Okobi is expected to contend for playing time right away after starting center Al Johnson was injured in Monday night's game against San Francisco.

"With Johnson going down, it's a chance for me to get on the field," Okobi said.

Okobi will also be reunited with Arizona assistant coach/offensive line coach Russ Grimm, who held the same position with the Steelers.

The Steelers visit Arizona on Sept. 30.

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