Bryant to vie for time at cornerback

The Pittsburgh Steelers reached a one-year agreement Tuesday to re-sign veteran cornerback Fernando Bryant, who was brought in last season as insurance for their defensive backfield.

After being cut by the New England Patriots at the end of training camp, Bryant signed with the Steelers on Nov. 11 and appeared in two games. By signing now and having a chance to spend training camp with the Steelers, Bryant will able to compete for playing time in 2009.

The 31-year-old Bryant has made 109 career starts. He was a first-round draft choice of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1999 and spent five seasons there with Jacksonville. He also was a four-year starter with the Detroit Lions.

Senior writer John Clayton covers the NFL for ESPN.com.