It was a busy day for the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday as they came to terms with two more players on new contracts, found out who they would play in their opener and acquired three more picks in upcoming NFL draft.
The moves came on the same day as the NFL announced several of its marquee games and awarded compensatory picks for the 2006 draft.
A five-year veteran, Morgan was re-signed despite suffering a broken ankle in the Steelers' Wildcard playoff win at Cincinnati. Morgan had surgery on the ankle and is still unable to run.
A former second-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns, Morgan joined the Steelers just before the opening of the regular season last year after being released by Dallas and caught nine passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns. He also led the team in kickoff returns, ranking fifth in the AFC with a 25.3-yard average on 23 attempts.
Nua was selected by the Steelers in the seventh round of last year's draft and opened the season on the practice squad. The 6-5, 280-pound defensive lineman was placed on the active roster Nov. 23, but did not play in any games.
The Steelers received three compensatory draft choices the league awarded Monday, picking up two extra picks at the end of the fourth round and one at the tail end of the fifth round of the draft, which will be held at the end of April.
The picks are the 131st, 133rd and 167th in the seven-round draft and give the Steelers 10 selections. They are awarded to teams to compensate for free agents lost. Pittsburgh lost linebacker Kendrell Bell, wide receiver Plaxico Burress, offensive tackle Oliver Ross and guard Keydrick Vincent, while signing wide receiver Cedrick Wilson last year.
Meanwhile, the league announced several of its marquee games for the 2006 season, including the Steelers' season-opening Thursday, Sept. 7 kickoff game at Heinz Field. The Steelers will host the Miami Dolphins in that game in which the players will be given their rings for winning Super Bowl XL.