Steelers sign long-snapper Stewart

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a new long-snapper hopeful for

2010: Matt Stewart.

A six-year NFL veteran at linebacker who hasn’t played

in a regular-season game since 2006, Stewart is attempting to

reinvent himself with the Steelers. A source told

that Stewart was signed to take the place of incumbent Jared

Retkofsky, who was released last week.

Stewart was in training camp with Arizona and Dallas the

past two seasons but didn’t make the final roster.

Stewwart, 30, was a 2001 fourth-round draft pick by Atlanta.

He has 60 career starts and was a core special-teams player for the

Falcons until 2004 and then Cleveland (2005-06). Stewart, who

played at Vanderbilt, was considered one of the top long-snappers

in his draft class.

The Steelers have made upgrading last year’s poor

special-teams unit an offseason priority.