Sunday, March 21, 2004

Steelers keep Logan for reworked secondary

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The Associated Press

Safety Mike Logan signed a three-year contract Saturday as the Pittsburgh Steelers attempt to shore up their unsteady secondary after the most disappointing season in coach Bill Cowher's 12 years.

"It came down to not being about money for me," said Logan, who was eligible for free agency. "What I might have lost in monetary value, I'm going to gain back in love. It's just priceless for me to be able to be home and be a part of my family's life."

Logan is a McKeesport, Pa., native who signed as a free agent from Jacksonville in 2001. He replaced Lee Flowers at strong safety last year.

The Steelers will likely move him to free safety, replacing Brent Alexander, and pair him with first-round draft pick Troy Polamalu, who saw limited playing time last season.

"I think that's a good fit," Logan said. "I always said I think Troy has the potential to be great."

RAVENS: Baltimore re-signed linebacker Adalius Thomas to a three-year contract, a move that should provide depth to the defense and special teams.

Thomas spent the latter part of the 2003 season on injured reserve after undergoing elbow surgery.

Thomas joined the Ravens as a sixth-round draft pick in 2000. He developed into a spot starter on defense and a force on special teams.

Thomas started 11 games last season, playing in 13 before breaking his elbow in a collision with teammate Ray Lewis on Dec. 7. He finished with 34 tackles on defense and 23 on special teams. He also blocked a kick.

VIKINGS: Minnesota signed free-agent punter Darren Bennett to a two-year contract.

Bennett, a two-time Pro Bowl selection in nine seasons with San Diego, is expected to replace Eddie Johnson. The deal was reached late Friday night.

Bennett has a career average of 44 yards.

Johnson, a sixth-round draft pick in 2003, struggled all season and was replaced late in the year by Leo Araguz after dropping snaps in three consecutive games.

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