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Steelers release Colon, sign Gradkowski and Warren

Offensive lineman let go after Foster re-signs; Mendenhall signs with Arizona

The Steelers have signed veteran back-up quarterback Bruce Gradkowski to a three-year contract.

Gradkowski, 30, is a graduate of Seton LaSalle High School near Pittsburgh. He spent the last two seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and has also played for Tampa Bay, Cleveland and Oakland.

Gradkowski has thrown for 4,057 yards with 21 touchdowns and 24 interceptions in 36 career games.

In addition to Gradkowski, the Steelers re-signed veteran longsnapper Greg Warren.

Warren has spent his entire career with the Steelers since originally signing with the team as an undrafted rookie free agent out of the University of North Carolina in 2005. Warren has served as the team’s long-snapper in 117 regular-season games and nine postseason contests. He has played in 48 consecutive regular-season games.

The Steelers also released guard Willie Colon on Wednesday.

Colon was originally drafted by the Steelers in the fourth round (131st overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Hofstra. He started all 62 games he played during the regular season as well as four postseason contests in his seven years with Pittsburgh. From 2006-11 Colon played tackle but moved to guard for the 2012 season. Colon missed all but one game in the 2010-11 seasons due to injury. This past season he did not play in five games because of injuries.

The Steelers re-signed guard Ramon Foster on Tuesday, hours before the free agency period was set to begin.

In addition, former No. 1 draft pick Rashard Mendenhall signed a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals. Mendenhall ran for over 1,000 yards in 2009 and 2010 and was the starting running back in Super Bowl XLV during his Steelers career. He joins former Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, now the head coach in Arizona.

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