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NFL: Steelers sign veteran punter

on April 16, 2014 10:50 AM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers signed punter Adam Podlesh to a one-year contract Tuesday.

The Steelers are looking for a new punter after deciding not to re-sign Mat McBriar, who averaged a career-worst 41.3 yards per punt during the 2013 season.

Podlesh, 30, will compete with Brad Wing when training camp opens in July. Podlesh spent the last three seasons with the Chicago Bears, averaging 40.6 yards per punt in 2013.

The seven-year veteran played four seasons for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2007-10. Podlesh has a career 42.4 yards per punt average. Just one of his 467 career kicks has been blocked.

• VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Chad Johnson, the former NFL receiver who once went by the last name of Ochocinco, is in a minicamp this week with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes. The three-day session began Tuesday and there’s a real chance Johnson will be with the club when its season begins in June. Johnson last played an NFL game in the 2011 season.

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