Clark and Randle El coming back home to play

Antwaan Randle El fills the slot and Ryan Clark comes back to play free safety as the Pittsburgh Steelers completed a madcap Monday of free-agent maneuverings.

Ryan Clark made the signing of backup safety Will Allen look that much better by agreeing Monday night to a four-year, $14 million deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Clark signed on the heels of another homecoming signing, that of Antwaan Randle El, who was a key ingredient in the Super Bowl XL win before moving on to a lucrative deal with the Washington Redskins. Randle El signed a three-year contract Monday with the Steelers.

Originally drafted by the Steelers in 2002, Randle El spent the last four seasons with the Redskins and caught 186 passes for 2,202 yards (11.8) and eight touchdowns. Last year he caught 50 passes for 530 yards, but was released recently by the team.

The Steelers were one of six teams interested in Randle El, who turns 31 in August. The Steelers want Randle El to play slot wide receiver, but did not indicate whether he'll return to his role as punt returner. Randle El returned 129 punts for the Redskins, but averaged only 7.0 yards per return.

The Steelers earlier Monday had signed another slot receiver, Arnaz Battle, to a three-year, $3.98 million deal that included a $975,000 signing bonus. Allen signed a three-year, $4.5 million contract that also included a $975,000 signing bonus.

Lost in the shuffle was the signing of offensive tackle Jonathan Scott, a 6-6, 318-pounder who started eight games last season and played under new Steelers line coach Sean Kugler.


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