Are the Pittsburgh Steelers Pursuing Free-Agent TE Kellen Davis?

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Are the Pittsburgh Steelers Pursuing Free-Agent TE Kellen Davis?
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Kellen Davis fits the mold of Steelers TEs, but they're not the only team with their hat in the ring

The Chicago Bears allowed free-agent tight end Kellen Davis to test the open market and it looks at though he's already gotten some interest, most notably from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The visit has yet to be formally scheduled, but one is expected in the coming days.

The 6'7" Davis was an afterthought in the Mike Martz-run Bears offense that doesn't put much value into pass-catching tight ends. As such, Davis caught just 28 passes for 300 yards and nine scores in his four years in Chicago.

However, Davis has the size and good hands to make him a solid No. 2 tight end on the Steelers roster behind longtime starter Heath Miller.

With backup Weslye Saunders suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season and David Johnson—recently given a restricted free agent tender by Pittsburgh—performing duties more akin to a fullback or halfback, the Steelers need to add depth at the position.

Whether the Steelers will sign Davis is another question altogether. The team is just under the salary cap, have wide receiver Mike Wallace to worry about and need to have enough cash on hand to sign this year's rookie class.

Davis would only be an option for Pittsburgh at the right price, despite the fact that on paper, he seems to be an ideal fit for the team.

Davis is also reported to be meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys in addition to the Steelers; he's in Dallas today, while a trip to Cincinnati has been scheduled for an unknown date.

 

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