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.

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.

  • Jprankster2005

    Not bad for competion…… We need to replace our Kicker he makes way to much for the poor job he does….. I hope somebody beats him for the job

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I too would like to see a good kicker competition…not a fan of Suisham. I too also like the signing of this LS…keep everyone on their toes and playing for their jobs each and every year.

  • burghball

    LS on the 53 – like teats on a bull

  • Aiden

    apparently long snapper is a hard talent to nail down, as most teams burn a precious roster spot for someone who does nothing but “LONG SNAPS”.

  • Daveb1952

    Did we release Warren? Seems like every year we try to replace this guy, and all he does is gets the ball where it should be 100% of the time. I don’t understand.

  • SteelSpine

    I agree, Im perplexed but teams do it & coaches know way more than me. I guess they have nightmares of James Harrison deep snapping. Seems could make Legursky do it & he’s on the 53.

    Omg I’m discussing deep snappers. I musta run outta positions to over-analyze, the season better please get here quick to save me, heheh.