Essex to return to Steelers

Terry McCormick

Veteran offensive tackle Trai Essex will be returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers, announcing the news on his Twitter feed.

Essex has been a part of the Steelers' organization since being the team's third-round draft pick in 2005.

Slowly but surely, the Steelers are beginning to put pieces back together after undergoing a salary cap purge of a number of veterans earlier in the off-season. On Wednesday, Pittsburgh re-signed receiver Jerricho Cotchery to a two-year deal. Before that, Pittsburgh picked up free agent tight end Leonard Pope.

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