After losing veteran defensive end Kimo von Oelhoffen to the New York Jets in free agency, the Pittsburgh Steelers were looking for veteran help at the position to play behind new starter Brett Keisel.
The team took care of that Thursday by signing defensive end Rodney Bailey to a one-year deal that will pay Bailey a base salary of $625,000 with a $40,000 signing bonus.
The 6-3, 305-pound Bailey was originally selected by the Steelers in the sixth round of the 2001 draft and spent three seasons with the team. He signed a deal with the New England Patriots as a restricted free agent in 2004, with the Steelers getting a sixth round draft pick in exchange for declining to match the offer.
The Steelers selected center/long snapper Drew Caylor with that pick.
The team is also expected to meet with wide receiver Tim Dwight, who spent last season with the Patriots, in the next few days. Dwight is a former Pro Bowl punt and kick returner.
Courtesy of the Observer-Reporter