Steelers sign veteran wide receiver

The Steelers signed a veteran wide receiver to bolster their receiving corps Tuesday, but it wasn't the receiver most thought they would acquire.

The Steelers signed veteran free agent veteran wide receiver Chris Doering to a one-year contract for the league's veteran minimum. Doering's signing likely ends any Steelers' interest in bringing back veteran Terance Mathis.

The 6-4, 199-pound Doering is a six-year veteran from the University of Florida. He played for the Washington Redskins in 2002, catching a career-high 18 passes for 192 yards (10.7 avg.) and two touchdowns, making three starts. Doering has 24 receptions for 236 yards (9.8 avg.) and two touchdowns during his career.

Doering was originally drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the sixth round (185th overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft. The Jaguars waived him in training camp, and he was signed to the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad. Doering was activated by the Colts for the final game of the 1996 regular season and spent the first 13 games of the 1997 season on the Colts' practice squad before being activated for the final three regular-season games.

Doering is expected to compete for the slot position that Mathis held down last season.

Dale Lolley

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