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Steelers sign free agents Allen, Battle

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By Scott Brown
Monday, March 8, 2010

The Steelers have signed safety Will Allen and wide receiver Arnaz Battle to three-year contracts. Allen, who had been with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, could be a possible replacement for Ryan Clark at free safety if the latter signs with another team.

"I'm just going to do what they ask," Allen, who played only eight games last season because of a thumb injury. "I thought it was a great fit. I thought it was time for a change. What better place to be than in Pittsburgh?"

Both Allen and Battle, who had been with the San Francisco 49ers, have excelled on special teams throughout their career.

Battle could also provide depth at wide receiver, especially since the Steelers don't have much of that behind Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes and Mike Wallace.

"I'm just coming in and competing," Battle said. "I felt it was a great fit for me. It fits my style of play, the physical, hard-nosed type football. One of the things that attracted me to them was I was able to do so many different things."

In other Steelers news, the team has expressed interest in bringing Larry Foote back to Pittsburgh. The Steelers are trying to gauge what interest Foote would have in returning to Pittsburgh.

Also, free agent offensive tackle Jonathan Scott is scheduled to meet with the Steelers tomorrow. Foote started at inside linebacker from 2004-08 for the Steelers. The Steelers released Foote last spring at his request because he envisioned Lawrence Timmons playing a bigger role n 2009 at his expense.

Foote played for the Detroit Lions last season but is a free agent.

Scott played for the Buffalo Bills last season. New Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler coached the Bills' line before coming to Pittsburgh.

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