The Associated Press: Steelers retain OT Trai Essex: "PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed backup offensive tackle Trai Essex to a two-year contract, guaranteeing that four of the team's free agent offensive linemen will return.
The Steelers already had signed left guard Chris Kemoeatu to a five-year contract and starting tackles Willie Colon and Max Starks to one-year contracts.
Essex is entering his fifth season. He can play tackle and guard and has started four times in 33 career regular-season games. He visited the Tennessee Titans last week before re-signing with the Steelers.
Pittsburgh also released guard Kendall Simmons on Tuesday and did not attempt to re-sign tackle Marvel Smith."