Nov 24, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (81) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Colts 40-11. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers sign former Colts WR Darrius Heyward-Bey to a 1-year deal

Former top-ten draft pick Darrius Heyward-Bey has signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are trying to replace one of their leading receivers for the second season in a row. Mike Wallace first left for the Miami Dolphins followed by Emmanuel Sanders signing with the Denver Broncos this season.

Heyward-Bey was the seventh overall draft pick in 2009 by the Oakland Raiders. He caught 140 passes for 2,071 yards while with the Raiders. His best season was a 64 reception, 975 yard campaign in 2011. Last season Heyward-Bey played for the Indianapolis Colts where he caught 29 passes of 309 yards, his second worst season of his career.

Heyward-Bey is a depth signing and might be lucky to find himself third on the depth chart behind Antonio Brown, who is fresh of a 1,499 yard season, and a promising Markus Wheaton. He’d have to compete with Jerricho Cotchery for that third spot.

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