Updated: Mar 21
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The Steelers have added a depth offensive lineman. The Steelers are signing guard/tackle Joe Haeg, according to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network. Haeg was with the Buccaneers last season and was a fifth-round pick out of North Dakota State by the Colts in 2016.
Haeg stands at 6-foot-6, 304 pounds and has 38 starts under his belt in 67 career games.
Zach Banner and Chuks Okorafor are projected to be the starting offensive tackles this year and the Steelers could select a high-end tackle in the first two rounds of the draft. Haeg will probably serve as the Steelers tackle eligible when they go to a jumbo set.
Alejandro Villanueva has also not been signed in free agency yet and Steven Nelson could be traded or cut, which would free up $8.25 million in cap space. That money could be used to re-sign Villanueva if the Steelers want him back. His play declined last year, however, and he turns 34 years old in September.
Haeg has starting experience and will provide depth to the offensive line. He can play both tackle and guard as well, which is a plus. I'm sure he came on the cheap too. The details of his contract haven't been released yet.