Steelers sign 19

Not many, if any of these changes will factor into next year's roster, but some of the names are familiar.

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers added 19 first and second-year free agents to their roster and allocated 12 of the players to play in the NFL Europe League.

The players added are: center Kyle Andrews, punter Mike Barr, offensive lineman Ulish Booker, quarterback Shane Boyd, offensive lineman Tim Brown, linebacker Matt Farrior, wide receiver Adam Herzing, running back Mike Jemison, tight end Erik Jensen, fullback John Kuhn, center Brandon Newton, linebacker Malcolm Postell, quarterback Rod Rutherford, linebacker Richard Seigler, linebacker Ronald Stanley, running back Fred Staton, offensive lineman Brandon Torrey, wide receiver Isaac West and wide receiver Walter Young.

All players except Booker, Brown, Jensen, Kuhn, Rutherford, Seigler and Stanley will be allocated to NFL Europe.

Booker, Brown, Jensen, Kuhn, Rutherford, Seigler, Stanley and Young each spent part or all of the 2005 season on the Steelers' practice squad. Practice-squad players automatically become free agents immediately following the end of a team's season.

Barr, Booker and Stanley were in training camp with the Steelers in 2005 but were released prior to the regular season. Booker was resigned to the practice squad in November of this past year and Stanley was added last month during the AFC Playoffs.

Young spent the last two seasons on the Steelers' practice squad, while Brown, Kuhn, Jensen, Rutherford and Seigler were signed throughout this season to the practice squad during the season.

Rutherford, a native of Pittsburgh who played at Pitt, was placed on the practice squad Reserve/Injured List last month. Jemison played at Pitt before transferring to Indiana (Pa.), while Postell also attended Pitt.

Following is a list of the Steelers' recent free-agent signings:

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. NFL Exp. College

Kyle Andrews* C 5-11, 254 1 Ohio State

Mike Barr* P 6-2, 230 2 Rutgers

Ulish Booker OT 6-6, 319 2 Michigan State

Shane Boyd* QB 6-1, 232 1 Kentucky

Tim Brown OT 6-5, 313 1 West Virginia

Matt Farrior* ILB 6-1, 230 1 Florida

Adam Herzing* WR 6-3, 190 1 Cal-Poly

Mike Jemison* RB 5-11, 216 1 Indiana (Pa.)

Erik Jensen TE 6-2, 253 1 Iowa

John Kuhn FB 6-0, 255 1 Shippensburg

Brandon Newton* C 6-2, 296 1 Hofstra

Malcolm Postell* LB 6-1, 231 1 Pitt

Rod Rutherford QB 6-2, 223 2 Pitt

Richard Seigler LB 6-2, 238 2 Oregon State

Ronald Stanley LB 6-0, 244 1 Michigan State

Fred Staton* RB 5-10, 251 1 Tusculum

Brandon Torrey* OT 6-3, 277 1 Howard

Isaac West* WR 6-0, 187 1 Furman

Walter Young* WR 6-4, 220 3 Illinois

*Allocated to NFL Europe

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