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Steelers’ Foster signs RFA tender

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Guard Ramon Foster signed his restricted free-agent tender that ensures that he will return to the Steelers for another year.

Foster will earn $1.26 million and will become an unresticted free agent next year unless he signs a long-term deal with the Steelers in the interim.

The undrafted free agent out of Tennessee was offered a low tender last month meaning that the Steelers would not have received any compensation if Foster signed with another team.

Foster did have strong interest from other organizations, but had no offers as of yet. He decided to sign with the Steelers now rather than wait until the April 20 deadline. The Steelers would’ve matched any offer Foster received.

Foster has been one of the most reliable lineman on the Steelers’ roster. He started 26 games in three years including 22 of the last 24. Foster has also started four postseason games including Super Bowl XLV.

Foster will head into training camp as the starting right guard, but could also play left guard or either tackle positions.

The Steelers are expected to retain their remaining five restricted free agents — Doug Legursky, Keenan Lewis, David Johnson, Ryan Mundy and Mike Wallace.

Mark Kaboly

@MarkKaboly_Trib

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Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as three Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa and XLV in Dallas. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

 
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