Is it just me, or are the Steelers becoming more and more nostalgic each year?
In recent years, they’ve brought back former players like Bryant McFadden, Larry Foote, and Plaxico Burress. Earlier this month they brought back William Gay. Now they’ve added another former player who wasn’t outstanding during his first tenure with the team.
According to ProFootballTalk.com and ESPN, the Steelers have signed Matt Spaeth, who was recently released by the Chicago Bears.
Neither the Steelers official website, nor the two major Pittsburgh newspapers have reported Spaeth’s signing, so there is a possibility that all of the details haven’t been worked out yet. But it appears likely that Spaeth is rejoining the Steelers.
Spaeth spent his first 4 seasons with the Steelers before leaving as a free agent to join the Chicago Bears. Spaeth never established himself as a consistent starter with either team. Moreover, despite being 6’7″ tall, Spaeth has never been much of a red zone threat. He has a total of 8 touchdowns during his 6-year NFL career. He has never scored more than 3 touchdowns during a single season, and he only did that once (during his rookie season).
Spaeth is an adequate blocker, but he isn’t as good in that department as either Heath Miller or David Johnson. So it would appear that the only reason the team brought him back is because of familiarity and the fact that Heath Miller is likely to miss the first few weeks of the season while recovering from an injury.