After spending the last two seasons with the Chicago Bears, tight end Matt Spaeth decided to go back to the team that drafted him in 2007. Spaeth and the Pittsburgh Steelers agreed to terms on Friday.
Spaeth was released from the Bears earlier this week after Chicago signed tight end Martellus Bennett on the first day of free agency. However, the Steelers were not the first team Spaeth had contact with following his release.
Before agreeing to terms with Pittsburgh, the six-year veteran tight end visited with the AFC North rival Cincinnati Bengals. Needless to say, Spaeth felt more comfortable returning to his original professional team.
The return of Spaeth now gives the Steelers some much-needed help at the tight end position. Pittsburgh’s leader in receptions and touchdowns in 2012 was tight end Heath Miller, who tore his ACL against the Bengals in Week 16 of this past season. There is a great chance that Miller will miss some time in the beginning of the 2013 season.
Though Spaeth is more known for his blocking rather his receiving, he could be a contributor in the passing game along with fellow tight ends Leonard Pope and David Paulson.
Bringing back Spaeth is probably a move made by the Steelers’ organization in attempts to not having to worry about the tight end position in the draft. After losing wide receiver Mike Wallace, and the possibility of having wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders lulled away in free agency, Pittsburgh will need every pick they have to address the wide receiver position, as well as positions on the defensive side of the ball.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google