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Steelers tender offers to 3 restricted FAs

The Steelers have offered one-year tenders to restricted free agents Antwon Blake, Robert Golden and Will Johnson.

The tenders reserve for the Steelers the right to retain all three players by matching any offer sheet they would sign with another team.

All three could play for the Steelers in 2015 by signing the tender or by signing a long-term contract.

Blake, cornerback, Golden, a safety, and Johnson, a fullback/tight end, each appeared in 16 regular-season games in 2014 and in the Steelers' playoff game against Baltimore.

Blake, 5-foot-9, 198 pounds, finished 2014 with 36 tackles (31 solo), seven passes defensed, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery as predominantly a sub-package contributor on defense, and with seven tackles on special teams. His first career forced fumble and fumble recovery occurred on the same play in the Steelers' AFC North Division-clinching, 27-17 victory on Dec. 28 over Cincinnati.

Blake, 24, was claimed off waivers from Jacksonville on Sept. 2, 2013. He had initially signed with the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent out of UTEP in 2012 and has played in 46 career NFL regular-season games with the Steelers (30) and Jaguars (16).

Golden, 5-11, 202, was the Steelers' special teams captain in 2014. His kicking game contributions included a 25-yard completion to Blake on a fake punt on Sept. 7 against Cleveland, the recovery of a fumbled punt for a touchdown on Sept. 21 at Carolina and 10 special teams tackles.

Golden, 24, joined the Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Arizona on April 28, 2012 and has played in 47 career regular-season games.

Johnson, 6-2, 238, carried twice for 0 yards (and once for 3 yards against Baltimore) and caught six passes for 41 yards in 2014. His career totals include 47 regular-season games (17 starts) and 29 catches for 219 yards and two receiving touchdowns.

Johnson, 25, was signed to the Steelers' offseason roster on March 21, 2012. He played collegiately at West Virginia.

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