Steelers Sign Free Agent RB LaRod Stephens-Howling

According to several media reports, the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed former Arizona Cardinals running back LaRod Stephens-Howling to a one-year deal on Friday.

Stephens-Howling visited with the Steelers earlier this month, but was not signed.

In his four seasons with the Cardinals, the Pittsburgh product rushed for 651 yards and five touchdowns on 182 carries. He also registered 534 more yards and three touchdowns on 56 receptions, and another 4,067 yards and three touchdowns on 163 kickoff returns.

The signing of Stephens-Howling is merely a depth move, in my opinion, and has absolutely no bearing on what will happen during the remaining rounds of the 2013 NFL draft. The Steelers only had three running backs under contract heading into the draft and they sorely needed bodies.

It will not hurt that Stephens-Howling can return kicks, and perhaps play on special teams, but in no way should he be considered a legitimate threat to be the Steelers starting running back in 2013.

  • OK so we just signed a running back that the Cardinals didn’t want? Who the hell is running this team?

  • Kysteeler

    I’ll take mini law firm, pretty good sign. Just keep Beanie Wells away from this team.

  • Rosco

    Hes basically filling Raineys spot

  • Probably won’t make it through camp, but at least it’s some insurance incase the running back we want in the draft goes to another team.

  • Dan

    It is strange timing. I’d a thunk the front office would be focused on other things today.

  • moderatelysane

    This live is in the pattern of everything else this off season. The steelers have made moves at Te, rb, wr, dt, ol, ilb. The end result of all of the moves is that they could in principle make it through a season with the present personnel, so that they have the luxury of taking whatever bpa the Draft brings. We’d live to upgrade today and tomorrow at safety, wr, ilb, rb, ol, but we won’t be sunk when we can’t hit all spots with top 3 talent.

  • Ross Fager

    Like the article says hes just a body at this point. The Steelers only have 3 RBs on their roster right now and most teams bring at least 5 into minicamp. We will still pick a RB this draft

  • It’s a curious move. Not sure what the hurry was because he surely would have been available after the draft if they needed a body that bad.

  • Guest

    Is that a response?

  • mokhkw

    ^^^someone gets it. Others don’t. 🙂

    A good pre-emptive signing imo. Doesn’t rule out the Steelers taking a RB, but I think it will be in the later rounds. There’s going to be a run on RBs, WRs & QBs early in the 2nd Round. The good news is that will likely leave a very good Defensive player still on the boards when we pick at No.48 – Cyprien, Brown, Williams, Minter, Hunt, Carradine, Taylor, maybe even Teo.

  • mokhkw

    I think he will. I’d take him over Rainey & he make the roster last year.

  • RW

    Good point. I’m with you here.

  • RW

    This was likely done in the morning.

  • mokhkw

    I get it now. They’re going to join Bell and Stephens-Howling at the hip, or get them to wear the same pants so we can have 12 men on the field.

  • Rosco

    Yup! Most people just like to nag when they dont see us sign a probowler/ jersey seller

  • charles

    It seems clear where Haley is trying to go.