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Old 03-05-2010, 11:03 PM   #1
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Default Veteran wide receiver Battle to visit Steelers

Veteran wide receiver Battle to visit Steelers
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt...s_670338.html#
By John Harris
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, March 6, 2010

Veteran wide receiver Arnaz Battle, an unrestricted free agent who played his entire NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers, will visit the Steelers this weekend.

The Steelers are apparently shopping for a new No. 4 receiver after experiencing little success there with Limas Sweed and Shaun McDonald in 2009.

Battle, who has 178 career receptions for 2,150 yards and 11 touchdowns in seven seasons, also excels on special teams, which is another area the Steelers need to upgrade. New special teams coach Al Everest coached Battle in San Francisco.

Meanwhile, unrestricted free agent defensive end Nick Eason, who started five games for the Steelers at defensive end last season, will visit the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday.

Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt, the former offensive coordinator under Bill Cowher, featured five former Steelers on his roster in 2009 cornerback Bryant McFadden, linebacker Clark Haggans, fullback Dan Kreider, wide receiver Sean Morey and quarterback Brian St. Pierre.

John Harris can be reached at jharris@tribweb.com or 412-481-5432.
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Old 03-06-2010, 02:10 PM   #2
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Default Re: Veteran wide receiver Battle to visit Steelers

Eason leaving too?
don't understand letting all the quality depth players leave.. but i'm sure front office know's what theyre doing
I know it happens every year, a big team in the division making a move, but Baltimore getting questionably my favourite receiver in the nfl from Arizona has me shook.
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Old 03-06-2010, 02:25 PM   #3
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Default Re: Veteran wide receiver Battle to visit Steelers

I think we need at least one more defensive end for depth in FA or the draft. Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel are pretty much locks as starter. Ziggy Hood is going to keep growing, and maybe Sonny Harris will stick around? I wonder what we'll do with Kirschke.
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Battle, who has 178 career receptions for 2,150 yards and 11 touchdowns in seven seasons, also excels on special teams, which is another area the Steelers need to upgrade. New special teams coach Al Everest coached Battle in San Francisco.
This is the only reason that I can see for bringing him in.
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Id rather have Kareem Osgood.
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If he can help our special teams and can at least catch something thrown his way then I say bring him in and lets sign him.
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Old 03-07-2010, 07:46 AM   #7
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I thought Shaun Mcdonald looked good, in the pre season.
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Default Re: Veteran wide receiver Battle to visit Steelers

Steelers: Battle visits Monday; Sweed's status in air
Sunday, March 07, 2010
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Uncertain about the future of Limas Sweed and looking to add depth to the position, the Steelers will entertain their first free agent Monday when San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Arnaz Battle will visit the team's South Side facility.

Battle, 30, has spent seven seasons with the 49ers after being a sixth-round draft pick out of Notre Dame in 2003. He has 178 catches, 2,150 yards and 11 touchdowns in his NFL career. His best season was in 2006 when he had 56 catches, 686 yards and 3 touchdowns.

He had just 29 catches for 358 yards and no touchdowns in 24 games the past two seasons, including five catches for 40 yards in 15 games last season.

Battle (6 feet 1, 208 pounds), who played quarterback at Notre Dame, might also visit with the Seattle Seahawks.

The Steelers will not visit with any free agents before Monday because coach Mike Tomlin and his coaching staff are on a weekend retreat at one of the area mountain resorts.

Battle would provide depth at wide receiver because veteran Joey Galloway, signed late in the season, is an unrestricted free agent who will not be re-signed. Also, it is not known what will happen with Sweed, a second-round draft choice in 2008 who missed the final three games last season because of undisclosed personal issues.

The Steelers finished the regular season with free-agent Tyler Grisham, who spent most of the year on the practice squad, as their fourth wide receiver.
Gerry Dulac: gdulac@post-gazette.com.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10066...#ixzz0hV3Nbohq

(Looks like Sweed is a total bust. To bad. - mesa)
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Boy this is an exciting prospect visit!
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Boy this is an exciting prospect visit!
Most everyone in the football universe views WR as one of the strongest positions on the team. Most everyone in the football universe views secondary as one of our WORST positions.....

Yet here we are with our first FA visit being a WR.

Yayyyyyyyyyyy !!

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