Kreider signs with Steelers

It may have been the shortest world tour in NFL history.<br><br> The Steelers yesterday reached an agreement with fullback Dan Kreider a day after his agent, Jonathan Feinberg, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he was taking Kreider on "a little world tour."

On the first day of free agency, however, the four-year veteran signed a four-year contract with the Steelers that totals just over $4 million.

Kreider, 27, received a signing bonus of $840,000 along with annual base salaries of approximately $535,000 (2004), $775,000 (2005), $940,000 (2006) and $950,000 (2007).

Known as a punishing lead blocker, Kreider carried only 7 times for 29 yards and 1 touchdown last season, giving him 98 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns since joining the Steelers as an undrafted rookie from New Hampshire in 2000.

Kreider also has 34 career receptions for 276 yards and 1 touchdown.

In other news involving Steelers free agents on the first day of league negotiations, outside linebacker Clark Haggans visited with his old defensive coordinator, Tim Lewis, who is the new defensive coordinator for the New York Giants. Haggans also has a visit planned with the Detroit Lions.

The Steelers haven't reported any progress with their other unrestricted free agents -- safety Mike Logan, long snapper Mike Schneck, defensive lineman Kendrick Clancy, wide receiver Chris Doering and offensive tackle Barrett Brooks.

On Tuesday, the Steelers had signed back-up tight end Matt Cushing to a one-year, $535,000 contract with only $450,000 to be counted against the salary cap, according to a league rule that makes it easier to sign veterans.

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