The Chiefs and Moeaki agreed to an injury settlement Wednesday, confirming his release from the team 10 weeks since a broken scapula led him to be placed on injured reserve. He suffered the injury in a preseason game against the Steelers.
The Steelers signed tight end Matt Spaeth this offseason, but he suffered a foot injury in training camp and was placed on short-term injured reserve. He's eligible to return to practice, but has not yet done so. A move for Moeaki could be the precursor toward placing Spaeth on IR for the remainder of the season.
The source said the Steelers doctors are evaluating the extent of his injuries, and the decision to make a claim on him will depend on how comfortable they are in him being able to get on the field within the next three weeks.
The Steelers have rolled through several tight ends this year. David Johnson was placed on IR a week ago with a dislocated wrist. The team signed Richard Gordon, but he has yet to practice with the team due to a foot injury. Heath Miller missed all of training camp and the first game of the season as he recovered from a torn ACL in December.
If Moeaki is healthy, he could be a potent receiving weapon. Health has been the main concern throughout his four-year career. He's already had multiple knee surgeries, and reports of concussion-related symptoms as well, along with the shoulder injury that's limited him this season.In his career, he has 80 catches, 1,009 yards and four touchdowns.
The obvious connection is with Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who was the Chiefs head coach in 2010, Moeaki's rookie year. That season, Moeaki caught 47 passes for 556 yards and three touchdowns as the Chiefs won the AFC West division title.