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Old 05-31-2005, 11:26 PM   #1
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Post Steelers sign Gibson...

The Steelers signed the third of their eight draft picks Tuesday when they came to an agreement with fourth-round selection Fred Gibson.
The former Georgia wide receiver inked a three-year deal that will pay him $230,000 this season, $310,000 in '06 and $385,000 in '07, in addition to a $296,000 signing bonus. He joins sixth-round pick OG Chris Kemoeatu and fifth-round selection LB Rian Wallace as Steelers signees.

Gibson, 6-foot-4, 219 pounds, has looked solid during the Steelers' voluntary workouts, displaying the skills that earned him first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors last season for the Bulldogs. He had 49 catches for 801 yards with seven scores in '04.

"They think Fred can come in and be a big help," said Gibson's agent, Doug Hendrickson. "A lot of people had him graded as a round one or round two guy, so they know they got a great player in Fred. The key for him is learning the system."

Gibson is seen as a potential replacement for 6-5 Plaxico Burress, who signed with the New York Giants this offseason. Gibson would likely be used in a backup role this fall, in addition to being a part of the Steelers' multi-receiver sets.

"He brings an added dimension in terms of his size, speed and athletic ability," Hendrickson said. "Especially in the red zone."
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