Steelers make one-year offers to four players

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have made one-year contract offers to four restricted free agents.

The team made offers to offensive tackle Trai Essex and guard Chris Kemoeatu, reportedly for more than $1.4 million each, and offers to long snapper Greg Warren and wide receiver Nate Washington, reportedly for just over $900,000 each.

With the offers, the Steelers reserve the right to retain the players by matching any offers from other teams during the free-agent signing period, which starts Friday.

Essex is entering his fourth NFL season. The third-round draft pick in 2005 played in three games in 2007.

Kemoeatu is also entering his fourth season. He was a sixth-round pick in the 2005 draft and played in 15 games last season.

Warren has handled all the long-snapping duties for the Steelers since he was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2005. He has played in 48 regular-season games in his three seasons with Pittsburgh.

Washington ranked fourth on the team with 29 catches for 450 yards and five touchdowns last season. He was signed by the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2005. He has 64 catches for 1,057 yards with nine touchdowns in three seasons.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

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