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Busy Free Agent Week For Former Steelers

While the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t have a very busy week when it comes to them signing outside free agents, a few of their former players did manage sign contracts.

After being released by the Tennessee Titans just ahead of the start of the new league year, defensive tackle Al Woods reportedly signed a two-year contract worth $5 million with the Indianapolis Colts. Woods, if you remember, was with the Steelers from 2011-2013 and signed a three-year free agent contract with the Titans in 2014.

Former Steelers first-round draft Ziggy Hood re-signed with the Washington Redskins past week and that two-year contract reportedly totals out at $2.7 million and included a $300,000 signing bonus in addition to several incentives. The Missouri product and defensive tackle signed a Reserve/Future contract with the Redskins last February and not only did he ultimately make their initial 53-man roster, he appeared in all 16 regular season games with 14 starts.

The Redskins also signed another former Steelers draft pick this week as linebacker Chris Carter signed a one-year minimum salary benefit contract worth $855,000 that included an $80,000 signing bonus. Carter, who was originally drafted by the Steelers in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Fresno State, will now be with the Colts for a second time during his career. He has also spent time with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens.

Another former Steelers draft pick, offensive lineman Chris Scott, re-signed with the Carolina Panthers this past week. Scott, who was originally drafted by the Steelers in the fifth-round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Tennessee, signed a one-year minimum salary benefit contract worth $980,000 that included an $80,000 signing bonus. This marks the fifth year in a row that the Panthers have signed Scott to a one-year contract and he’s played in 43 games with 12 starts during his four previous seasons.

At the time of this post, a few other former Steelers who are currently unrestricted free agents have yet to find new homes and they are linebacker Sean Spence and cornerback Valentino Blake. Both played last season with the Titans.

UPDATE: Spence has now signed with the Colts.

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