The Pittsburgh Steelers have already re-signed unrestricted free agent offensive linemen Cody Wallace and Guy Whimper since the start of the new league year and despite those moves, one beat writer still expects another will be re-signed before the start of training camp.
According to Monday report by Jim Wexell of Steel City Insiders, the Steelers are expected to re-sign center/guard Fernando Velasco later in the summer as soon as the torn Achilles’ he suffered late in the Week 13 game against the Baltimore Ravens is completely healed.
With Wallace now locked up for three years, he figures to be the primary backup at center behind starter Maurkice Pouncey. Should Velasco ultimately be re-signed, he would likely compete for an interior swingman job during training camp.
New Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak is very familiar with what Velasco brings to the table as he coached him for several seasons when the two were with the Tennessee Titans.
Velasco, who was originally signed by the Titans as an undrafted free agent back in 2008 out of Georgia, started 11 games at center for the Steelers in 2013 after being signed to replace Pouncey, who was lost for the year to a knee injury in the season opener against the Titans.