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Report: Pittsburgh Steelers placed waiver claim on FA TE Tim Wright

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Sources from ESPN are stating the Pittsburgh Steelers placed a waiver claim for free agent TE Tim Wright, but ultimately lost him to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who had priority on the waiver wire.

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Tight end has been a position of need for the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason. Heath Miller isn't getting any younger, and the depth behind No. 83 is far from stellar. The team has Matt Spaeth as the primary backup who specializes in blocking, Rob Blanchflower who was drafted in the 2014 NFL Draft, Michael Egnew who has minimal experience at the NFL level and 2015 fifth round draft pick Jesse James from Penn State. Throw in Cameron Clear as an undrafted rookie free agent and you have yourselves the Steelers depth at tight end.

Not all of these players will make the 2015 53-man roster, but the Steelers seem far from satisfied with their current crop of players. Per ESPN's Field Yates, the team put in a waiver claim for former New England Patriots TE Tim Wright.

Although the team failed to acquire Wright, the team would not have placed a claim on Wright if they didn't feel he could help the team more so than the players currently on their 90-man roster at the tight end position.

The Steelers have been extremely active on the waiver wire this offseason. The team put in a claim for D.J. Swearinger when the Houston Texans released him, they claimed WR/QB Devin Gardner off waivers when released by the Patriots and now the report of them trying to claim Wright off waivers.

This is the time of the year to try and find players who could impact your team for the better moving forward, and the Steelers seem to be exploring all avenues to allow them to reach their goals in the 2015 season. Wright would have been an upgrade over the majority of their tight end depth, hence why the attempt to bring him to Pittsburgh.