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Unsigned Steelers Free Agent Sean Spence set to visit the Miami Dolphins

The Pittsburgh Steelers have many unsigned free agents who will be making their rounds across the NFL. Sean Spence visiting the Dolphins is just the latest to be announced.

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When it comes to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Sean Spence, they have a very unique relationship. When Spence was drafted from the University of Miami, he was largely expected to be the replacement for Larry Foote at the inside linebacker position next to Lawrence Timmons. In his first NFL preseason he suffered a gruesome knee injury which tore multiple ligaments in his knee and nerve damage in his leg.

There was a point where, now defensive coordinator, Keith Butler called it a "miracle" if Spence would ever play football again. Some even talked about whether Spence would ever walk normally again. With such a dire report, it would be easy to imagine a NFL team not sticking by a player like that. After all, the NFL is a business and a "what have you done lately" one at that.

However, the Steelers stuck by Spence, and he rehabbed his injuries to the point he was a large part of the 2014 and 2015 Steelers defense and special teams units. As an undrafted free agent, there would be suitors for Spence, and the first team to pop up on the radar doesn't surprise anyone -- the Miami Dolphins.

If Spence were to leave Pittsburgh, going to Miami would make sense. Spence is from the Dade County area, went to "The U" and still lives in the Miami area. It is unknown whether Spence will sign a deal to play for the Dolphins in 2016, but if he does depart Pittsburgh it would be the end of a long journey with many twists and turns, and a whole lot of loyalty in between on behalf of the Pittsburgh Steelers organization.