Steelers Officially Sign TE Matt Spaeth To A Two Year Contract On Monday

As expected, the Pittsburgh Steelers officially signed tight end Matt Spaeth to a contract on Monday.

The deal is for two years, but the numbers are not out yet. It is hard to imagine that Spaeth received a signing bonus of more than $1 million. I would guess that it is somewhere in the neighborhood of $500,000 and possibly even less. This would put the 2013 cap number for Spaeth at around $1 million or just slightly higher. We shall see when the numbers get posted.

Based on it being a two-year deal, I think the Steelers have already penciled in Spaeth as being on the 53 man roster this year. They needed a blocking tight end being as it looks like Leonard Pope will not be returning. Spaeth is a much better blocker than Pope was, so it is an upgrade in that department.

Second-year tight end David Paulson is on the bubble right now depending on what happens in the draft and how the rehab of Heath Miller goes. Miller is expected to be sidelined all summer and it is possible that he might start the season on the reserve PUP list in addition.

The signing of Spaeth also means that David Johnson is more than likely being considered a fullback more than he is a tight end. He will have a tough time beating out Will Johnson for that spot and will not cost the Steelers anything in dead money should he not make the 53 man roster.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Paulson is on the bubble?

    Right now I would guess the position is Miller, Spaeth, and Paulson. With Miller probably starting out on the PUP list, that would mean there is 1 more spot at TE. That spot would be between Pianalto and D. Johnson.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Great, Who needs the 2 TEs the Patriots have, we got Matt Spaeth 🙁

  • Mr irrelevant

    This looks to be correct. Paulson isn’t on the bubble. DJ and pianalto are. Personally I hope pianalto sticks and DJ goes. He’s too small for a inline te and barely avg at fb.

  • Did you miss the part about depending on the draft?

  • steeltown

    I see the season starting with Miller on PUP making Paulson and Spaeth the #1 and #2, with a draft pick as the #3 unless that draft pick Eifert, Escobar or Ertz, all of which could surpass Paulson or Spaeth on the depth chart

    D.Johnson, McCoy and Pianalto are just training camp bodies, unless someone above gets injured in preseason, I doubt any of them make the 53man roster

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Yes…You see this is what happens when you try to do more than 1 thing at a time.

  • westernsteel

    There goes my hope of Eifert in the first round

  • Brendon Glad

    As long as Spaeth has learned how to either catch or block while he’s been gone, I’m all for it.