Steelers Sign Long Snapper Matt Katula
Scott Smith from XAM Sports reports this morning on Twitter that the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed long snapper Matt Katula to a one-year contract. Smith represents Katula. There is no word who was released to make room on the 90 man roster for Katula as of yet. Katula had reportedly worked out for the Steelers in May.
LS Matt Katula and the #Steelers have agreed to terms on a one-year contract.Congrats to Matt!
— Scott Smith (@XAMSports) June 12, 2012
Katula was originally signed by Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2005 and was their long snapper for five seasons. He was released by the Ravens prior to the start of the 2010 season and signed with the New England Patriots in November of 2010, where he finished out the season. Following his release by the Patriots prior to the start of the 2011 season, Katula signed with the Minnesota Vikings in November of last year and he played in the Vikings final five games.
It is not uncommon for the Steelers to carry two long snappers in training camp and Katula figures to compete for the long snapping job with long-time Steeler veteran Greg Warren.
Contract terms are not yet known, but it is believed that Katula signed for the veteran minimum.