Roye back in the black and gold


By Teresa Varley

The Steelers brought back a familiar face on Sunday when they signed defensive end Orpheus Roye.

Roye was originally drafted by the Steelers in the sixth round in 1996 and played four seasons for them. He signed with the Cleveland Browns in 2000 as an unrestricted free agent and played with them until he was released earlier this year.

"He is a veteran defensive lineman, a guy who knows how to play the game," said head coach Mike Tomlin. "He is a professional. We will see what he is capable of doing and work him out. He had a very solid workout and seems to be in pretty good shape, so we will continue on him the next couple of weeks and see if he can find a seat on the bus, if you will."

Roye, who has 360 career tackles and 18.5 sacks, signed mid-afternoon but managed to join his teammates for the final practice of training camp, even though he was a bit late to take the field.

"I know I can help," said Roye. "I have been around for a while. I was used to this defense. It will take me a while to get back, but I think I can contribute."

Roye has the advantage of playing under defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and defensive line coach John Mitchell during his earlier stint with the team, something that will be a great asset for him.

"The defense looks pretty much the same," said Roye. "Everything is still good. You have to come out here and work. I am coming to a good defense. I have to come here and help them win. I have to find my role and do what I can to help the team win."

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