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Steelers bring back Matt Spaeth

Kellen Davis, Matt Spaeth,Tyler Clutts

Chicago Bears tight end Kellen Davis (87) celebrates with tight end Matt Spaeth (89) and fullback Tyler Clutts (44) after Spaeth’s touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Monday, Nov. 7, 2011 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)


The Steelers are willing to bring back a player for a second stint.

And now, we can Matt Spaeth to the list of Pittsburgh returnees.

Spaeth has agreed on a contract with the Steelers, ESPN Chicago’s Jeff Dickerson reported Friday night. The Bears released the 28-year-old Spaeth on Wednesday.

A third-round pick of the Steelers in 2007, Spaeth played four seasons with Pittsburgh before signing with Chicago.

A strong run blocker -- he was the best in the league at his position in this category per Pro Football Focus in 2012 -- Spaeth improves the Steelers’ tight end depth. Heath Miller, one of the AFC’s top all-around tight ends, is recovering from multiple torn knee ligaments suffered last December, including an ACL.

Earlier in the offseason, the Steelers added cornerback William Gay, a fifth-round pick in 2007 who had been released by Arizona. They also re-signed inside linebacker Larry Foote and wideout Plaxico Burress, who are also in their second go-arounds with the Steelers.