Steelers sign special-teamers Allen, Battle

The Steelers have agreed to three-year contracts with FS Will Allen and WR Arnaz Battle, NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reported Monday, via a league source.

The Steelers confirmed the deals later Monday and said they were signed. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

The addition of Allen, who wasn’t a full-time starter during his six seasons with the Buccaneers, indicates the Steelers might be resigned to losing starter Ryan Clark, who’s visiting the Dolphins. Allen, an unrestricted free agent, has started 26 games in his career.

It doesn’t appear to be a coincidence that both Allen and Battle are established special-teams players, a major area of need for the Steelers.

Battle, also an unrestricted free agent, primarily served as a special-teams player last season with the 49ers, and he had five receptions for 40 yards. The seven-year veteran fits the Steelers’ profile as a physical receiver, and he did post back to back 50-plus reception seasons in 2006-07 in San Francisco.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette also reported Monday that the Steelers have reached agreement with former Bills OT Jon Scott, who’s a restricted free agent. Scott started eight games for the Bills last season. The Steelers also are reportedly interested in bringing back LB Larry Foote, who’s meeting with the Redskins and Cardinals this week.

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