TE Riemersma Signs A Three-Year Deal

Former Buffalo Bills tight end Jay Riemersma signed a three-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday. Terms of the three-year deal are $3.9 million that includes a signing bonus of $850,000.

The former Bills' tight end gives the Steelers their most accomplished pass catching tight end since Eric Green left in 1993.

Riemersma, 29, will be entering his eighth NFL season, after he spent the first seven years of his career in Buffalo. For his career Riemersma has has 204 catches for 2,304 yards with 20 touchdowns. Last year, he caught 32 balls for 350 yards.

The Steelers have signed six players since free agency began at the end of February.

After setting career highs with 53 catches and 590 yards in 2001, Riemersma's numbers dropped significantly last season.

His signing would seem to suggest that Mark Bruener's season-ending knee surgery is worse than originally anticipated.

Bruener, the Steelers' starting tight end since 1995, had the controversial microfracture surgery at the end of the 2002 season and has been injured in three of the past four seasons. Riemersma is the third tight end signed by the Steelers during this offseason, joining Jerame Tuman and Matt Cushing. Tuman and Cushing were backups for the Steelers last season.

Dale Lolley

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