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