By Teresa Varley
The Steelers played host to their second free agent this week when Tennessee Titans cornerback Chris Carr visited the team on Wednesday at their practice facility at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex.
Carr, who is entering his fifth season in the league, was originally signed by the Oakland Raiders as a rookie free agent out of Boise State. In three seasons with the Raiders he played in 48 games with four stats.
In addition to cornerback, Carr is a return specialist and wasted no time making an impact on the Raiders special teams unit, becoming the team's all time leader with 201 kickoff returns and 4,841 kickoff return yards, a 24.1-yard average in just three seasons. Carr also returned 77 punt for 454 yards, a 5.9-yard average.
Carr signed with the Titans as a restricted free agent in 2008 when the Raiders did not match his offer sheet.
He played in every game for the Titans last season, but started only twice and had two interceptions. Carr finished third in the AFC in kick returns with a 28.1-yard average and eighth in punt returns with a 10.1-yard average last season.
Carr is the second free agent to visit this week. Wide receiver Joey Galloway was in Pittsburgh on Monday.
Linebacker LaMarr Woodley will throw out the first pitch at the home opener for the Altoona Curve on Thursday, April 16 when they host the Erie SeaWolves at Blair County Ballpark.
"Most Curve fans are Steelers fans so this was a very easy decision for us," said Curve General Manager Rob Egan. "LaMarr will quickly find out that Curve fans are just as passionate as any other fans he'll encounter."
The Curve is the Pittsburgh Pirates Class AA Affiliate.