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Chiefs sign ex-Browns and Dolphins DB Chris Owens

The Steelers flirted with Owens briefly, but that's as far as it went.

The Steelers invited free agent defensive back Chris Owens in for a visit last week, but nothing came from it. Perhaps they can write the proverbial cup of coffee off on their taxes.

Owens signed a contract with the Kansas City Chiefs over the weekend, length and terms of that deal were undisclosed. A solid, if not small, defensive back and special teams contributor, Owens lost out to Buster Skrine for the Cleveland Browns' starting cornerback position last season, and played out of the nickel for 12 games for the Browns.

He sprained a knee, and was placed on injured-reserve, only to be claimed by the Dolphins, where he finished out the season, playing one more game.

He's certainly not a significant loss, but the combination of his visit, along with the one scheduled Monday with Arthur Moats, suggests the Steelers are looking to add depth and special teams contributors. Owens could have provided that, along with more defensive experience than veteran Antwon Barnes, who's currently on the roster. Barnes was brought in last season and played almost exclusively on special teams.