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Steelers ink 10 players to reserve/future contracts

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012

The Steelers signed 10 players to reserve/future contracts on Wednesday for the 2012 season.

The Steelers are likely to make an effort to strengthen both the offensive and defensive lines during the NFL Draft in April. But they made a move to shore up both sides by signing six linemen — including former Pitt guard John Malecki.

Also, offensive tackles Chris Scott and Trevis Turner and defensive tackle Corbin Bryant resigned with the Steelers after spending part or all of the 2011 season on the practice squad. Bryant is only practice squad player to have been placed on the active roster.

In addition to defensive linemen Mike Blanc and Kade Weston, the Steelers resigned tight end Jamie McCoy. McCoy spent part of last season on the practice squad.

The others signed to reserve/future contracts are defensive backs Marshall McFadden and Antonio Smith, and quarterback Jerrod Johnson. Johnson was the first overall pick by the Hartford Colonials in the United Football League draft last year.

Malecki, who in 2010 signed as an undrafted free agent with Tennessee, was added to the practice squad late in the regular season after cornerback Curtis Brown was placed on the injured reserve list.

Malecki, a former All-Big East selection, will probably begin training camp in July with an opportunity to earn a roster spot, partly because of the questions facing an injury-riddled offensive line that struggled to protect quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and failed to ignite a consistently effective running attack.




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