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Steelers Sign von Oelhoffen

February 15, 2000

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The Pittsburgh Steelers wasted no time in replacing defensive lineman Orpheus Roye, signing Cincinnati free agent Kimo von Oelhoffen on Monday.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pound nose tackle started five games last season for the Bengals. He had 24 tackles, four sacks and a fumble recovery.

``Kimo has been a productive and versatile player throughout his career, and we believe he will be a solid contributor for us,″ Steelers coach Bill Cowher said.

The terms of Von Oelhoffen’s contract were not disclosed.

A sixth round draft pick in 1994, von Oelhoffen played 80 games in six years with Cincinnati and started 36, including all 16 games in the 1998 season.

Von Oelhoffen could replace Joel Steed, who is coming off knee surgery and is due to make $3 million in each of the next two seasons.

Roye signed a six-year, $18 million contract Saturday with the Cleveland Browns.

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