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Steelers Sign Unrestricted FA DE Nick Eason

The Steelers signed URFA Defensive End Nick Eason to a one-year deal on Tuesday. Eason spent the past two seasons as a member of the Denver Broncos, where he competed in 29 games. Eason recorded two sacks in 2005, and a career high 23 tackles in 2006.

Eason was originally drafted by the Broncos with the 114th overall pick in the 4th round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Easton had a productive collegiate career at Clemson. He was named the team's defensive MVP after his sophomore season, not bad when you consider there were 4 1st-team All ACC performers on Clemson's defense that year. I'm also impressed that he won the team's Hustle Award on defense and the Dedication Award for the defense as well. Finally, as a senior, Eason was named an All-ACC 1st teamer to cap his productive collegiate career.

Eason may not be a star, but I don't mind when the Steelers add players who win Hustle and Dedication Awards

Easton's professional career got off to a miserable start when he suffered an achilles injury during training camp of his rookie season. After spending the entire 2003 season on injured reserve, Eason finally garnered significant playing time the past two years as a member of the Broncos.

Eason won't start for the Steelers barring an injury to Keisel or Smith, but I'm pleased to have him in the rotation alongside Travis Kirschke and Shaun Nua.