Raiders sign ex-Steelers WR David Gilreath

Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

A former Preseason Hero in Pittsburgh, Gilreath couldn't lock down the punt returning duties on the Steelers in two attempts. He'll get another shot in Oakland.

Earlier this offseason, the Oakland Raiders signed ex-Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley to a two-year free agent deal. Last year, the Raiders scooped up Marshall McFadden from the Steelers' cut list after training camp.

They're dipping back into the Steelers' well, according to Levi Damien of Silver and Black Pride.

The Raiders inked ex-Steelers wide receiver/punt returner David Gilreath, his fifth team since entering the NFL in 2011. He returned two punts for the Steelers in 2012, but was cut from the team in 2013.

A former candidate for BTSC's Isaac Redman Award for best unheralded preseason player, Gilreath couldn't show enough to lock down the team's open punt return position last season. He spent 2013 out of football after his release from Pittsburgh.

Gilreath's four-catch, 78-yard performance, particularly two big catches at the end of the Steelers' 26-24 win over Indianapolis was his career highlight. It unfortunately came in the preseason, but perhaps he can make it work in Oakland.

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