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Getcha popcorn ready, because 37-year-old WR Joey Galloway is in town today to visit the Steelers, the PG's Gerry Dulac reports. Galloway has also visited with Buffalo and New England, who is apparently trying to sign every veteran free agent in the entire league. Galloway would be considered for the thid receiver spot recently vacated by Nate Washington, who struck it rich with the Tennessee Titans.

Due to a foot injury, Galloway had just 13 catches, 138 yards and no touchdowns in nine games last season. Prior to that, he was a 1,000-yard receiver for three consecutive seasons in Tampa. He and several other veteran Bucs were recently released in a salary cap purge. He's been in the league since 1995, when Seattle used a first-round pick to select him out of THE Ohio State University.

It's not outside the realm of possibility for the Steelers to explore a veteran via free agency at the position. They've done it several times in the past (Courtney Hawkins, Terance Mathis, etc.), but they've almost exclusively relied on homegrown talent at receiver for quite some time.

Galloway is from nearby Bellaire, Ohio, and is a part owner in the Arena League's Columbus Destroyers. He also owns a landscaping company in Dublin, Ohio. And don't forget that Mike Tomlin coached in Tampa for two years while Galloway was on the team. Will those factors make Pittsburgh a more attractive destination? I'd say it's a distinct possibility.

Receiver Joey Galloway visiting Steelers
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Steve said...

If his injury is no longer an issue, I'd say he'd be a real nice pick up and would easily be an improvement over Washington. He has to think he'd get the ball a lot more with the Steelers than with New England behind receivers Moss and Welker, and hopefully he prefers to play for Tomlin.

Symo said...

Can't be worse than Sweed.