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According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, the Steelers will soon be meeting with 49ers free agent WR Arnaz Battle, a 30-year-old Notre Dame product who played quarterback for two seasons in college.

Battle was a sixth-round pick of San Francisco in 2003, and has amassed 178 catches for 2,150 yards and 11 touchdowns in his pro career. His best season came in 2006, reeling in 59 balls for 686 yards and three scores. But he lost his starting gig in 2008, a year he finished on IR with a foot injury. Last season, he had just five receptions for 40 yards, and helped on special teams.

The Steelers aren't exactly thin at WR, with Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes, and Mike Wallace leading the charge. After that is where it starts to get dicey, so this could be bad news for a guy like Limas Sweed, who has not yet established himself in the league and was clearly lapped by the rookie Wallace last season.

One of the key tells in free agency is to see if there are any connections between the player and a former coach. And not coincidentally, the Steelers just hired former 49ers special teams coach Al Everest in the offseason. So don't be too surprised if the vet eventually ends up in a Steeler uniform, even though he will also visit Seattle this week.

[H/T: Pro Football Talk]

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