Staley, Steelers closing in on deal

<b> PITTSBURGH -- </b> The Steelers appear to be closing in on coming to a contract agreement with former Philadelphia Eagles running back Duce Staley.

The Steelers negotiated with Staley, a 29-year-old running back, into the evening before he left at 7:30 p.m. with director of football operations Kevin Colbert.

When asked if the two had come to an agreement, Staley said: "That's what we're trying to get done tonight, or in the wee hours."

The 5-11, 220-pounder played for the Eagles the last seven seasons and accumulated 4,807 yards on 1,200 carries (4.0 avg.). Staley also caught 275 career passes for 2,498 yards.

Last season, Staley held out of training camp in an attempt to renegotiate the final year of his contract. Upon his return, Staley found himself in a three-man rotation with Brian Westbrook and Correll Buckhalter and gained only 463 yards on 96 carries. Staley also caught 36 passes last season.

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