Steelers Sign TE Matt Spaeth

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reported on Friday that former Chicago Bears tight end Matt Spaeth might land back with the Pittsburgh Steelers. ESPN is now reporting that Spaeth has indeed signed back with 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.

The Steelers need depth at the tight end position with Heath Miller more than likely going to miss the first few weeks of the season due to his knee injury that he suffered at the end of last season. Spaeh is an above average blocking tight end that at least can serve as the number two tight end in two tight end sets.

Spaeth had visited with the Cincinnati Bengals earlier in the day but left without a deal.

Spaeth wasn\’t the only former Bears tight end the Steelers had on their radar as Kellen Davis was also in town for a free agent visit.

  • Jeffrey Idahosa

    I guess Nate Washington’s next…

  • Superdriller316

    Say it ain’t so…. He sucked the first time he was here. He better be cheap. Seems like players go to greener pastures just to come back home.. That’s 6 TE’s under contract.

  • corey

    Did they ever think about oaklands te Myers??wtf is going on in pittsburgh?

  • LouPGH

    They better put Heath on the Adrian Peterson rehab schedule. Our corps of TEs is looking underwhelming at best.

  • CrRe

    This is ridiculous! I have seen players sign with other teams, for cheap, that would have been tons better than half of their signings. They don’t even bring these players in to kick the tires!!

    It is like that are completely content filling out their roster with guys that are not even mediocre. Just because a guy has played for the Steelers in the past, or is familiar with certain Steeler coaches doesn’t make him better than half the players available on the free agent market.

  • Clark Haggens and Chad Brown also have visits scheduled this weekend. I’m kidding. I hope.

  • hex0013

    If only.

  • corey

    We keep going backwards!

  • SG

    It’s official, worst free agency period ever.

  • BoomDizzle

    This is laughable. Losing young talented players while signing washed ex players. The exact opposite of how things used to be done. Of course this happens when you pay a bunch of money to a couple of safeties past their prime and a 30-something corner.

  • charles

    I wish Colbert was an URFA. I do like Paulson though. Gotta hope for the best. I wonder if Lake was involved with Lewis decision? Haley with Spaeth?

  • untitled

    So we are freaking out because they signed a backup tight end for a probably minimum deal?

  • hergieburbur

    Cap Hell

  • all of you people crying… as if this year is any different from past years… they cant all be superstars

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I can’t help it but i have a good gut feeling about this, i have no idea why though

  • CrRe

    It was awesome to hear (LB) Victor Butler left without a contract today!!

    If you are going to sign someone that might be able to help the team, how about him?

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills

    Whose next? Jeff Reed? Clark Haggans?

  • dgh57

    It’s called picking up the scrapes fallen from the Free Agency Table!! That’s what we have always done and I guess we always will do, it’s sad to say!!!

  • Rubem Dornas

    I heard about Willie Parker and Limas Sweed

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    Troy Edwards and Randle El.

  • mokhkw

    Not as crazy as it sounds – the Titans may release him soon because of his cap number & he could be gotten cheap as no teams will likely view him as starter material. He was more productive than Sanders has been with the Steelers & would be a good signing as a No.3 imo. Speaking of the Titans, I wonder what happens to Javon Ringer now that they signed Shonn Greene – wouldn’t mind seeing him w/Steelers in ’13.

  • mokhkw

    Yea, Colbert & the Steelers obviously have no idea what they’re doing & those 6 SBs prove it. We should hire Jerry Jones to do our personnel moves or copy what the Dolphins do in FA because god knows they’ve been so successful lately.

    Every position on our 53 man roster should have a Pro-Bowler – scratch that – Hall Of Famer. We should be able to fit $300mil of player wages into a $120mil salary cap as well.

    I dunno why Colbert thinks this salary cap thing is so hard. Can’t he just reset the game like I do on Madden when the cap gets out of hand? I also can’t figure out why we went 8-8 last year when we could have just hit the reset button……Hell, if you can’t sign or draft the player you want, just use create-a-player & it’s all good!

  • mokhkw

    Another smart signing. Welcome back Matt, glad you survived being a TE playing for Mike Martz. This makes the D.Johnson signing a bit puzzling though, even if Miller is not ready week 1.

  • mokhkw

    Reality. Myers is a starter, do you want to pay starters’ $s for a guy who hopefully won’t see the field much if Miller is ready to go week 1?

  • mokhkw

    How so? Do you prefer Paulson & Pope over Spaeth?

  • mokhkw

    Examples please.

  • Steelers32

    Good signing, covered a weak spot that was not supposed to be, the team looks a bit longer term than we are apt to. Miller was expected to start, sudden change, reasonable fix until he is back.

  • CrRe

    Adrian Wilson signed with the Pats. He surely didn’t cost much and would have been good depth after the loss of Mundy. And potential starter if/when Troy gets hurt.

    A. Cason and J. Powers, both starters last year signed reasonable deals, Both would have been better than Gay.

    D. Keller signed a fairly inexpensive one year deal. Our TEs are weak and he would instantly become our top receiving TE.

    Tom Crabtree signed with Bucs for cheap. I would rather him than M. Spaeth and potential moved to TE D. Johnson.

    W. Colon signed a very cheap contract with the Jets. He should have been resigned at the price the Jets signed him or slightly more. He has been frustrating for sure, but he certainly would have been awesome to have at the price Jets signed him

    Not sure how difficult it would be to get an upgrade on Burress at age 36.

    That is to name some, and there are potentially more. Someone could look at the above names and try to critic it, but the truth of the matter is the guys listed above provide more upside and better depth than what we currently have or have added. I see many of the above as making the team better, in contrast I have a hard time seeing how some of the players we actually have added make our team better.

  • John A Stewart


  • Uhh well Colbert had nothing to do with FOUR of those Super Bowls. I mentioned earlier four guys remained from 2005-2009 draft classes. That’s five drafts. That’s not good just so you know. Colbert has done a good job of adding to that list by signing SCRUBS Willie Gay, David Johnson, Matt Spaeth to bring it to seven guys. Your right his record speaks for itself and its not the squeaky clean record you thought he had. The storm is coming Mr Wayne and the sad thing is you are too blind to see it coming

  • After Sanders is signed I hear Hines is coming back and they contacted The Bus and he is talking about a three year deal since the HOF can wait. LOL

  • mokhkw

    Fair enough. I could say Wilson is too old & slow to be effective anymore in coverage, Cason & Powers don’t know the system & we’ve had other CBs who have started at one time like Ratiff & Ivy come in and not play or play sparingly. T.Crabtree I don’t know much about so I’ll defer on that one – and don’t like the D.Johnson of Buress signings either but let’s see if they’re on the roster when the games start – Colon would have been worth asking to restructure but at what point do you just say enough is enough?

    Truth is, the Steelers never play the FA game, or if they do, only to add depth at bargain prices after the June cuts. Given the way the D operates, you can’t expect them to spend $s in FA when their MO has always been to build via the Draft. O is a bit different, they’re inclined to bring in guys there from time to time as back-ups.

    I’ve seen all this happen before & no doubt it will happen again. But compared to some other years – like in the late 90s – this is nothing. The group they drafted to replace these vets eventually won a SB in 05 and most were still around for 08 as well. Colbert was named Steelers GM in 2000 and the results since then ( 3 SB appearances & 2 Lombardis) is only bettered by 1 team – the Pats.

    Colbert has all the runs on the board & while he’s not perfect, I can guarantee you that most other teams would love to have him.

    You can expect the same things to happen next off-season as well – it may be goodbye to players like Clark, Ike, Troy, Ziggy etc. either via FA or being released outright. They’ll build up again via the Draft like they always have, not via FA.

  • mokhkw

    Bottom line is this – he’s been the GM since 2000 & in that time only 1 team has been to more SBs and won more Lombardis. Team was gutted in the late 90s and he helped achieve that.

    FYI, the team that was better in the period – the Pats – also have only 4 players on their roster from the 05-09 Drafts. Did you compare any other teams?

    It doesn’t matter who we are, what matters is our plan. :p

  • CrRe

    I know they never make a splash in FA , but usually they are able to resign their young talent. This year, in that regard, has certainly not made it a typical Steeler off-season.

    Most years if they are going to sign some scrubs, at least those scrub signings are done in addition to the signing of their young talent or key players. This year has not been the case, maybe for the exception of Foote (who is far from young but at least key player). Instead they have lost a lot of young talent, and only signed scrubs. Since they have lost so many young talented players, I guess you kind of expect them to at least make a concentrated effort to bring in something to strengthen their team. I mean you can’t lose like four young contributors (which overall is pretty crushing) and then bring in backup mediocre’s and expect it to do anything for your team. So my point is even if it is just an attempt to strengthen our depth at weak positions, at least do something.

    Yes, we in the past, have built through the draft, but recently we have struggled some to develop players through the draft and some of the players we have developed we haven’t been able to pay because of the cap, so they have left via free agency. Seriously, if we don’t hit on some players between this year and next years draft and have them develop quick then it is possible that come 2015 we are a team that is getting beat by the Ravens, Bengals and Browns every year. You have to like the young teams the Bengals and Browns are putting together. If we are still somehow still contending within our division, I can promise you we will not be contending for a Super Bowl. You can’t fail to strengthen your team, whether it be through free agency or the draft, and expect to remain a Super Bowl contender. Not being negative, but realistic for sure.

  • steeltown

    This is a solid move.. Spaeth is an above average blocker, he’s an instant upgrade over Pianalto, McCoy and D.Johnson all of whom are just camp bodies at this point. Paulson and Spaeth is pretty solid TE duo till Heath returns

  • steeltown

    We have to get to 90 for the training camp roster.. why not bring in someone with experience for cheap, someone who hasnt been sitting on his butt or working at a car dealership… Instant upgrade over the current depth chart including Pianalto, D.Johnson and McCoy

  • steeltown

    We have some holes.. that will, in all likelihood be filled via the draft with young prospects. For the other spots, whether just camp bodies or if they make the Team for depth purposes, why not bring in guys with experience that are cheap… its nothing new, Warren was a given and is very cheap at $840k, Burress is a solid #4 or even #5 on the depth chart. Spaeth is an instant upgrade over Pianalto, McCoy and D.Johnson and he’s a solid #2 or #3 till Heath returns.

    None of whom, Spaeth, D.Johnson, Burress etc are guaranteed to even make the final roster and their dead money charges are so low its laughable. We’re talking about qualifying contracts here with little or no signing bonuses. In fact D.Johnson brings no dead money whatsoever if he doesnt make the roster. Its very low risk

  • CrRe

    Low risk it is but low reward. When you don’t have the money it’s what to expect I guess. At least there is an end in sight; when you lose your players, and don’t sign players to new contracts.

    In addition, I hope they can start being more effective in the drafts, and be able to sign their young players in the future. Our drafting from about 2008 to the present has no been as good as in years past, IMO.

  • good move for depth. I wasn’t crazy about Spaeth after dropping a TD pass verse the bengals I believe. Might have been a different team we were playing. He should be solid and help sure up the position till Miller time is back in effect. Many are asking about Saunders. Fact is, he is lazy, bottom line. Not a very good character either. Not a true Steeler. I followed his twitter for at least 8 months and he has a mouth on him. Trust me.