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By Scott Brown
Friday, March 28, 2008
 

The Steelers added more depth to their defensive line Thursday when they re-signed Nick Eason to a two-year contract.

Eason, who had been an unrestricted free agent, played in 17 games (including playoffs) for the Steelers last season, his first with the team, and started one game in place of the injured Aaron Smith at left defensive end.

The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder was credited with seven tackles in 2007.

The re-signing of Eason means the Steelers will open training camp with all seven of the defensive linemen that played for them last season.

What it means for Anthony "Booger" McFarland is anybody's guess.

The Steelers' interest in the veteran defensive tackle has apparently not gone beyond the visit he made to the team's South Side practice facility Tuesday. The two sides have yet to engage in contract negotiations.

In other Steelers news, the team hosted five college prospects Thursday, including Boston College offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus, who has been projected as a first- or second-round pick.

Also meeting with the Steelers coaches were Texas A&M defensive tackle Joseph "Red" Bryant, Michigan State running back Jehuu Caulcrick, Hampton defensive end Kendall Langford and Kansas fullback Brandon McAnderson.

The 6-6, 314-pound Cherilus started for three years at right tackle for Boston College before moving over to the left side his senior season.

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