The Pittsburgh Steelers came to terms with free agent running back LaRod Stephens-Howling over the weekend and the contract details are as follows.
The former seventh-round draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals signed a one-year qualifying contract with the Steelers that includes a base salary of 715,000 and a $65,000 signing bonus. Being as it was a qualifying contract, the discounted cap hit for Stephens-Howling will be $620,000 in 2013.
The former Pittsburgh product figures to compete for a roster spot this season and will more than likely be a candidate to return kickoffs and play on special teams in addition.
As I mentioned in a previous post, either Jonathan Dwyer or Isaac Redman, both restrictive free agents this offseason, are candidates to not make the Steelers 53 man roster this season. The $1.323 million restricted tenders that each signed are not guaranteed and thus would save the Steelers a little less than one million in cap space after displacement should either be jettisoned.
The Steelers currently have $467,427.00 in available cap after the signing Stephens-Howling.