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Punter Aaron Bates Signs With Steelers As Undrafted Free Agent

The Steelers have signed punter Aaron Bates as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State, the Post-Gazette reports. This isn’t a major move, and it’s likely that holdover Jeremy Kapinos will be the Steelers’ punter this year, but it suggests that the team is through with Daniel Sepulveda, who is a free agent. Sepulveda missed the end of the 2010 season due to injury. Bates is the Steelers’ 19th undrafted free agent so far this offseason.

Also, there’s a report out there that the Steelers have re-signed kicker Shaun Suisham, but it hasn’t been confirmed yet. Suisham came to the Steelers after Jeff Reed was dismissed last year and performed well down the stretch. It had looked like the Steelers might not stick with Suisham after this season, but it appears they will now, assuming this report can be confirmed.

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