As reported by NBC Sports' PFT, the Steelers have signed former Patriots punter Zoltan Mesko and waived secoind year man Drew Butler.
Mesko was cut by the Patriots this past weekend along with Tim Tebow and a dozen others as NFL rosters were trimmed down. He lost the starting punting job to rookie Ryan Allen, undrafted free agent out of Louisiana Tech.
Drew Butler (an undrafted free agent himself in 2012 from UGA) beat out Jeremy Kapinos for the starting punting job last season and beat out former Bills punter Brian Moorman for the starting job this season. However, it appears that the front office and coaching staff look at Mesko as an upgrade from Butler.
In 2010 (his rookie year), Mesko set an NFL rookie record with net punting yard average of 38.4 yards. With that, his yards-per-punt average was at 43.2 yards.
For further backing of PFT's report, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette tweeted this moments ago:
Steelers confirm P Zoltan Mesko signing and release of P Drew Butler— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) September 2, 2013
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UPDATE: Roster moves being made in the secondary as well.
Steelers also claimed cornerback Antwon Blake on waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 2, 2013