by JJ Cooper
The Steelers have apparently decided that last year's offensive line was good enough to keep around.
After franchising Max Starks, tendering Willie Colon and re-signing Chris Kemoeatu, the Steelers brought back a fourth member of the gang on Tuesday, signing backup Trai Essexto a three-year, $2 million deal. The deal means the Steelers will likely only the season with the same top six linemen as the group that dressed for the Super Bowl.
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It's worth noting that the rest of the NFL appears to have the same opinion as the Steelers' fans of the Steelers' offensive linemen. Essex's deal is one of the smallest free agent contracts any offensive lineman has signed this offseason, while Kemoeatu's five-year, $20 million deal is paltry for a starting offensive guard.