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Trai Essex Will Be Back in Pittsburgh Again


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Steelers OL Trai Essex doesn't have one position.

He has five.

And the versatility he's shown in the seven years with the team has earned him an eighth.

Essex signed a one-year deal with the offensive line-thin Steelers today, after playing in all 16 games in 2011. He was picked up as a free agent during training camp, and worked his way to three starts.

While one year contracts for veterans like Essex do not assure them a spot on the roster, the fact he was signed now instead of during training camp has to suggest he's in their plans one way or another.

Perhaps it's for continuity. I'm not sure if any other Steelers linemen has ever started at least one game at all five offensive line positions, but Essex can't be far from that. He played at all five in 2011.

Essex won't be confused for the modern day Anthony Munoz, but the veteran has plenty of experience, and will be counted on to help transition what could be a younger offensive line in 2012.



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Steelers re-sign Essex, host Alabama LB


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Trai Essex, the Steelers' most versatile offensive lineman, announced via Twitter that he is returning to the team. Essex played in every game last season, starting three of them. The 6-5, 324-pounder can play all five positions on the offensive line.

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Steelers Re-Sign UFA Offensive Lineman Trai Essex

The Steelers have re-signed veteran unrestricted offensive lineman Trai Essex to a one-year contract, the team announced today. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Essex (6-5, 324) has ...

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Trai Essex Is A Big Loser That Could Wind Up Back With Steelers In 2012

The title of this post is sensational, but it is also so very true as Pittsburgh Steelers unrestricted free agent tackle Trai Essex has dropped some more serious weight this offseason as you can see in the picture below that he uses as his Twitter avatar.

When Essex showed up last summer at the wedding of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger he reportedly weighed around 375 pounds, close to 50 pounds over his playing weight. Essex, who was also an unrestricted free agent last offseason, was pretty much told he would need to lose weight if the Steelers were going to consider bringing him back. While Read more [...]

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Trai Essex Discusses Ward’s Departure, Special Big Ten Event

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — Steeler Trai Essex talks to KDKA AM’s Larry Richert and John Shumway about the loss of Hines Ward and what it could mean to the team.

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He also talks about a special Big Ten alumni charity event where he will be a guest speaker.

The event will take place at P&W BMW on Friday March 2, and the $ 20 ticket will include wine from Engine House 25, gourmet hors d’oeuvre from Tai Pei, music and networking with Big Ten alumni including Antwaan Randle El.

The event will help raise awareness for a special charitable organization established to serve under-served youth through football camps across America.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Curtis Randle El at randleelc@gmail.com or call 412-566-1203.

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Essex wants to stay and start

Trai Essex played a lot of positions for the Steelers offensive line this year, but he has no idea what his role will be in 2012.“We will see what happens with me, Max (Starks) and the other guys t...

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Steelers Speak – Trai Essex

Teresa Varley of Steelers.com sits down with offensive lineman Trai Essex in this edition of the Steelers Speak.

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Essex the latest to step up

The Steelers injury outlook is looking brighter, with Maurkice Pouncey, Ben Roethlisberger, LaMarr Woodley and Emmanuel Sanders having a “shot” at playing this week.But if any of those guys aren’t ...

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