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Steelers Re-Sign WR Justin Hunter, RB Stevan Ridley

The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to re-sign a few of their own unrestricted free agents.

After previously re-signing unrestricted free agents defensive tackle Daniel McCullers and running back Fitzgerald Toussaint to one-year contracts the last few weeks, the Steelers announced on Thursday that they have re-signed running back Stevan Ridley and wide receiver Justin Hunter to one-year contracts as well.

We have already reported on the re-signing of Ridley a few days ago and as for Hunter, who signed originally with the Steelers a year ago March, he caught just 4 passes for 23 yards and a touchdown last season in limited playing time.

Hunter isn’t much of a special teams asset so his spot on the 53-man roster is far from guaranteed right now and the same goes for Ridley. Hunter was originally drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the second-round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Tennessee.

Hunter played three seasons with the Titans and was ultimately waived by them prior to the start of the 2016 regular season. The Miami Dolphins claimed Hunter off waivers but ultimately waived him late that September. Hunter then finished the 2016 regular season with the Buffalo Bills after they claimed him off waivers.

Hunter’s one-year contract with the Steelers is expected to be for the minimum and thus qualify for the minimum salary benefit. He played all of 65 offensive snaps last season with the Steelers and 20 of those came in the teams Week 8 games against the Detroit Lions.

The Steelers have yet to announce the signing of free agent safety Nat Berhe.

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