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The Pittsburgh Steelers made another small but smart re-signing with Darrius Heyward-Bey

Add second special-teams ace as Steelers prep for official start of free agency.

The Pittsburgh Steelers followed up their morning re-signing of Robert Golden by re-signing veteran wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey to a three-year, $3.8 million deal later in the day, according to the NFL Network.

Heyward-Bey was the Steelers' No. 4 receiver last season and he caught 21 passes for 315 yards (15.0) and two touchdowns. In the post-season he caught two passes for 64 yards, including a 58-yarder against Denver.

Heyward-Bey started four games when the Steelers opened in multiple-WR sets last season, his seventh in the NFL.

A stable presence in the locker room, Heyward-Bey provides mentorship for young receivers Martavis Bryant and Sammie Coates, and will also provide Coates with competition for the No. 4 spot again this season.

Heyward-Bey is also valuable on the Steelers' special-teams units. He finished the season with four tackles on the units.

Teams can negotiate with other team's free agents today but can't make an official signing until Wednesday at 4 p.m., when the NFL's fiscal new year begins.


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