Report: Steelers Might Have Interest In Bringing Back TE Matt Spaeth

The Pittsburgh Steelers have had former Chicago Bears tight end Kellen Davis in for a visit, but Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports Friday that an NFL source says the Bears former fifth-round draft pick is unlikely to be signed.

Biggs, however, is also reporting that another source is telling him that tight end Matt Spaeth, who was also recently released by the Bears, could wind up signing back with the Steelers, the team that drafted him in the third-round of the 2007 draft.

Spaeth played his first four seasons in the league with the Steelers where he registered 36 catches for 275 yards and 5 touchdowns. He left via free agency in 2011 to sign with the Bears where he registered 13 catches for 78 yards and 3 touchdowns in two seasons.

As Biggs points out in his report, Pro Football Focus ranked Spaeth as the No. 1 run blocker in 2012 for the tight end position and the 16th-best pass blocker. Sure, it is subjective, but worth noting nonetheless.

The Steelers will need a replacement for free agent tight end Leonard Pope, who is not expected to return in 2013 after a dismal season that saw him being demoted behind rookie tight end David Paulson. Keep in mind that Heath Miller is more than likely going to be sidelined for the first few weeks of the season after tearing his ACL late last year.

We will have to see if Spaeth gets scheduled for a visit, but according to Briggs, it seems likely to happen.

UPDATE: Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports on Twitter that Spaeth visited the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday.

  • dennisdoubleday

    This would make a lot more sense than Davis, in my opinion.

  • Rubem Dornas

    This is terrible news.

  • LouPGH

    Spaeth addes depth, I suppose. I’m always trying to figure out the rationale behind the personnel decisions. Frankly, though, this doesn’t make a ton of sense. If we’re switching to a zone blocking scheme, then just go out and get Eifert at 17. (I get there are other needs to be addressed, but my point is that it’s a smarter long term investment.)

  • Draft the TE from Notre Dame. Problem solved. Atleast on paper.

  • walter mason

    Spaeth stinks. Another attempt to achieve mediocracy?

  • steeltown

    If he’s cheap, why not?

    I’ll say the same thing about Spaeth as I said about Kellen Davis, he’s better than Pianalto, McCoy and D.Johnson

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills

    Agree. Just bringing back more washed up or has been garbage.,

  • Steelers32

    I liked Spaeth, and he has a history with Ben, with all the moves going on this is helpful, much better than Davis.

  • zyzak

    NO he cant block anyone except girls from seeing Reed pee

  • SG

    Waste of Spaeth? Good grief, stop bringing back the junk that you guys already threw out.

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  • TsarPepe

    OK, I’ll try to explain the personnel rationale: Release Harrison; let Wallace walk; say bye to Mendy; cut Colon. Then, with all the money you saved, DON’T offer Lewis a contract, but instead go and sign a bunch of mediocrities like Spaeth, Gradkowski, Gay, and Butler. Make sense?

  • mghjr88

    I don’t think we’ll see Spaeth back in Pittsburgh

  • walter mason

    All I remember about Spaeth is the 2 dropped passes in the end zone.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Wait, Butler?

  • TsarPepe

    I know, they haven’t signed him yet, but did have him for a visit.