Heyward-Bey optomistic about 2014

Thomas B. Shea

The Steelers free agent acquisition is ready to suit up for the Black and Gold.

Darrius Heyward-Bey is ready to go.

The recent acquisition that spent last season in Indianapolis, Heyward-Bey was signed by the Steelers this past offseason to help fill the void at receiver left after Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery each left town.

The Steelers countered the departures by signing Heyward-Bey and former Saints wideout Lance Moore.

The 6'2'', 219 pound Heyward-Bey was drafted by the Raiders as the seventh overall pick in the 2007 draft. The 27-year-old hauled in 169 passes for 2,380 yards and 12 touchdowns during his four years in Oakland and one season with the Colts. His best season was in 2011, when Heyward-Bey pulled down 64 passes for 975 yards and four touchdowns. He had three 100-yard receiving efforts that season that included a nine-catch, 155-yard, one touchdown performance against the Lions.

Teresa Varley of Steelers.com recently caught up with Heyward-Bey about his time thus far with the Steelers.

During the interview, Heyward-Bey discusses why he chose to sign with Pittsburgh, Mike Tomlin's sales pitch to free agents, and what it's like to play alongside Antonio Brown.Overall, it seems that Heyward-Bey is excited to be in Pittsburgh and to help the Steelers return to prominence.

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