Steelers Sign RB LeGarrette Blount To Two-Year Contract

As of Friday, the Pittsburgh Steelers now have an experienced running back on the roster to back up starter Le’Veon Bell  in 2014.

According to the National Football Post, the Steelers have come to terms on a two-year contract with former New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount, but financials of the deal are not yet known.

Blount, who was traded by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Patriots last April for a player and a seventh-round draft pick, rushed for 772 regular season yards and seven touchdowns on 153 carries in 2013.

The Oregon product was originally signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2010, but waived after initially making the 53 man roster.

In Pittsburgh, Blount will likely fill the roles that former Steelers running backs Jonathan Dwyer and Felix Jones played in 2013. Those two backs combined for 97 carries and 381 rushing yards.

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  • T R

    Now Backfield is looking good.. now sign us one in the draft in 4-5 round and we strong… OL got someting to really block for ..

  • Tom Savastano

    Nice! He will provide some punch to the running game!

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Sweet! He’s honestly the backup RB I wanted the Steelers to sign. I like his running style.

  • Matt Manzo

    Yes! I wanted to draft him! At least he’s still young! Let’s hope he knows what it takes to be a Steeler?!
    NOW, are we thinking scat back in the draft? Or should I go back to scouting 220 pounders?

  • steeltown

    Nice!!

  • Jason White

    Hallelujah

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Now we just need to draft a speed guy later on…possibly with return ability (though I know Blount has some).

  • steeltown

    Agreed. Get a nice speedster in the 5th Rd or later with kick return ability

  • steeltown

    Ha… I’d start looking at scat backs

  • JohnB

    We’ll probably get a scat back at some point…is it bad that I kinda want LSH to come back and be that role…I know he’ll be coming back from injury but he was never able to really show what he could do.

  • steeltown

    They could still offer him a one year vet deal to prove he’s healthy

  • ApexSteel

    LET’S GO BABY. Now can we get Dri Archer with one of the 5ths now?

  • Ahmad

    About time!

  • itsgonnalast

    Awesome!!!

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    I was thinking of Mckinnon from Georgia Southern. I think he can be twice as dangerous and give us consistency when needed. I like the idea of having speedsters but.. they ain’t going to last in league with an exceptional of Sproles.

  • Jeff

    This is just awesome news. I feel great about our backfield now!

  • Toddy Bravo

    Lache Seastrunk (Rd. 3-4) or DeAnthony Thomas (Rd 5-7)? I also believe the Steelers have a visit scheduled with Bishop Sankey, but he’ll be a 2nd rounder…too high for a RB for us IMO.

  • Brendon Glad

    “Blount Force Trauma” looked lean and mean last year. Good signing. Should fit in well.

  • 804Stiller

    Now we got Blunt…..#colorado. If he has overcome the fumbling, we’re in business. I guess we’re done shopping until June. I wish my ole lady was too……lol. Go Stillers!!!

  • srdan

    i’m loving this offseason

  • ApexSteel

    Seastrunk and Sankey are too high and Deanthony Thomas is too weak

  • Buccos9

    He should be a great addition as long as he doesn’t come down with a bad case of fumble-itis.

  • dkoy85

    Wooo!

  • srdan

    Now if we could find a Dan Kreider!!

  • http://www.thesportsbonanza.com/ TheSportsBonanza

    Freeman, Thomas, or Archer…4th or 5th round would be glorious

  • T R

    Just hope RB coach can keep Blount out the Tomlin doghouse.. that house is cold and dark. LOL

  • treeher

    Have Stillers ever said that they would not sign Felix the Cat?

  • Toddy Bravo

    I hate to keep beating a dead horse, but the guy fumbles and offers nothing as a receiver out of the backfield. I’m definitely intrigued with his size and power though, not to mention the fact that the Steelers have another huge RB with an awesome nickname–The Winnebago!

  • T R

    Dave please give us the stats on Omar signings on folks we bring in on Fridays. I think we should adobt to only bring FAs in on Fridays. Omar show works the numbers and signings on Friday.. is he off the rest of the following week?

  • srdan

    Good point. It’s a new position coach too.

  • steeltown

    LSH is more likely

  • Paul Hoover

    We still have Alexander I believe ?! The steelers really like him as a third and a rookie… So we could save the draft pick for a back up TE or something else !!! Congrats Blount, show em what you got !!!

  • chris ward

    Nice signing for the Steelers, like the addition of Blount. Should play a good role with the Steelers and give quality carries behind Bell. Blount has great size/power and will be good in short yardage situations. Welcome to the Burgh Blount!

  • steelster

    Good Job FO

  • steeltown

    True

  • treeher

    Probably, but LSH has the knee and it’s probably uncertain about his full recovery. The Cat would provide competition and a fail safe (this, of course, does not obviate a draft pick).

  • Steelers12328882

    Sweetness! 4th one’s a charm!

  • steelersfan

    Yes! I have to say this offseason has been great so far starting with the Munchak signing. Can’t wait for the draft!

  • cp72

    Bell, Blount, and maybe Dri Archer….wow.

  • steeltown

    That’s a long way off from the 2012 chart – Redman, Dwyer, Rainey (and a rehabbing Mendenhall)

  • METAL_HAMMER

    Good grab.

  • AndyR34

    I agree with McKinnon…has nice size…multiple skills…and a leader. Archer and DAT are too small.

  • steelster

    Can’t wait until Blount runs over a raven player.

  • Jeff

    NFL “experts” will probably give the Steelers “C” as a grade for free agency and offseason, but wow, they quietly have had a really nice offseason. They’ve really set themselves up nicely for the upcoming draft.

  • Shawn Winbush

    This is a great addition,and I love the fact that the additions the FO have made this off-season have been positive.I think they have done a great job in replacing some key losses with positive gains.Blount,Moats,Moore,Thomas, and most importantly,Coaches Munchak and Saxxon were a definite step in the right direction.This FA period we were extremely active,and I believe we definitely got our money’s worth.Great job Steelers!

  • CW

    Personally I want Jerick McKinnon more than Dri Archer and they both should be there in later rounds.

    McKinnon has played QB, halfback, slotback, fullback, cornerback, and kick and punt returner during college and been decent across the board. He’s got good speed and vision, a decent arm, and he’s pretty physical blocker. Plus he’s got more than 30 pounds on Archer which should make him a better long term scatback option.

  • steeltown

    Actually you’re right, they did grade us a “C” in the one article I read

  • steeltown

    Don’t forget M.Mitchell

  • Paul Barracliffe

    Wow I’m really impressed with our off season. We added to every level of the defense (as well as cut some weight, both good and bad). Now we solidified the back field with as hard nosed a runner as there is in the league. Bravo

  • cp72

    Yep a significant upgrade in talent.

    I am going to get killed for this, but I don’t think other than Denver there’s a team in the AFC that can match our offensive talent
    If we can add a receiver with some size the sky is the limit.

  • Jeff

    Add a WR, CB (or 2), DL, a late round scat back, and a few more depth players in the draft and we’re in business baby!

  • Ken

    this is the best news I’ve heard in a long time. This guy is good. He is a load to bring down and he plays with a mean streak that has been missing since the Bus

  • Toddy Bravo

    Seastrunk with our 3rd Rd. comp pick wouldn’t be too high. 4th Rd would be an absolute steal. Check his stats in 2013–1,177 yds, 7.45/rush, 11 Tds.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Agreed. Now drop Felix while we’re at it and see where LSH is at. 4-5th round is a good place to find a gem.

  • Jeff

    Between Bell and Blount, I feel bad for opposing defenses in 2014 if the Steelers have a lead in the 2nd half…

    Okay, I take that back. I don’t feel bad at all :)

  • Shawn Winbush

    absolutely right Steeltown! my bad!

  • Shawn Winbush

    wow! we really have done a great job! lol

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    his name is Will Johnson.

  • Ken

    He is not a Raven, that makes it even sweeter!!!

  • steeltown

    I think some people forget that at one point Blount was being projected as an early Rd draft prospect, obviously he ruined that with his actions, but the talent is there

  • joed32

    They might sign the cat but not the RB.

  • srdan

    I wish it were that easy

  • Matt Manzo

    Sounds a lot like Hines Ward coming outta college! I remember him being 100 passing yards away from the 1st player to reach 1000 yards receiving, passing and rushing, or something like that!?

  • Superdriller316

    All we need is one more Duck in DAT.

  • Jollyrob68

    Yes, I’m happy to have Blount

  • Shawn S.

    When he was in college I thought he would look good in black n gold because he a bruiser. I’m pumped to see him compliment Bell. Nice job, FO!

  • Matt Manzo

    Just cuz he’s from Pitt I want him back, plus he didn’t get his chance last year!

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    This team has way to many needs (CB, DL, OL, WR), a third round pick is far too high to spend on a 3rd string RB. If the FO goes RB before round 6 its a bad pick IMO.

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    I see this happening after June 1st

  • steeltown

    Agreed

  • Iron Cadet

    Love it! So we can either ring the bell or roll the Blount

  • Milliken Steeler

    Rajion Bell wouldn’t be a bad grab in the 6th or seventh round either.

  • tim

    Could make ya “forget bout ARE..”
    Well not forget but maybe the rebirth of…

  • Steve

    For What? Sitting the bench, was never much of anything.

  • Toddy Bravo

    A few people are talking about drafting Dri Archer now. He obviously has sick speed and had great production in 2012. Anyway, I just checked his stats and see he’s been at Kent State for SEVEN YEARS. How the hell does that work? lol.

  • cp72

    I think having Bell and Blount also helps the passing game. Teams dropping an extra guy in the box to stop the power running game are much more susceptible to play action. I think Ben is at his best when using play action, and having Bell and Blount is gonna scare defenses a lot more than Redman and Dwyer.

  • joed32

    Maybe he’s trying to get tenured? 09,10,12 and 13, don’t know what happened in 2011 but he didn’t play that year.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    The thing I like about Blount is that not only he can contribute regularly as a power/short yardage back, but he can also handle the feature back role in case of injury to Bell.

  • Matt Manzo

    That’s where I started, then it looked like we might need a Dwyer replacement! I would a Chris Rainey type that actually worked out!

  • steelster

    So he started college ball when he was 15 damn he is good.

  • Game_Time

    Bell – Blount combination gives the Steelers a nice One -Two punch, not to mention they have that kid Miguel Maysonet who is a “do it all” type RB signed to reserve/future contract. Backfield definitely has been upgraded from last year and we haven’t even reached the draft yet. Now if they can add Terrance West / Marion Grice / James Wilder Jr. or Jerick McKinnon with one of the 6th rd picks the backfield will be set for years.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    Good move! Now they don’t have to bring back Isaac Redman.

  • srdan

    So he played with james harrison?

  • Matt Manzo

    Ya! Rarely do we get a second chance to get one of our draft hopefuls! We’re lucky he’s still young! Now let’s hope Cinncy releases Burfict tomorrow!

  • Toddy Bravo

    Never mind. I obviously read it wrong on CFB Stats (great site BTW). He’s 22 years old. Been at KSU for 5 years, apparently got a medical redshirt in ’11.

  • Matt Manzo

    The name Mckinnion is starting to pop up a lot! Sounds intriguing! Someone said he’s played practically every position! Reminds me of Hines Ward!

  • The Great Mr Slippery

    le-garrette, le-veon, le backfield?

  • Ike Evans

    Bell and blount….sounds good coming off the tongue….. Bell, blount, and archer would sound good too or bell, blount, and Thomas hmmmmm bell, blount, and seastrunk? Nahhhhhhh that ruins it

  • Game_Time

    Dude is a football player. He played QB… RB… KR/PR and even played safety

  • Ike Evans

    You, my friend, are a genious lol

  • Ike Evans

    Yeah I love that kid

  • pat

    Idai love all the moves we have made this yr. think this will be are last signing until draft day shall I say after the draft. Also I have been seeing ppls opinions on our defense and talk of us doing this new hybrid defense like Seattle does. My personal opinion is I dont see Lebeau changing his defense around in his last yrs (I see him and Troy retiring together and possibly Ike ). Also if we were to adopt this new def. Wouldnt it have made since for us to keep Hood. Just my personal opinion please chime in

  • John Hinton

    Welcomed signing! Nice move FO…nice move.

  • Ike Evans

    Tomlin needs to put his hairline on his doghouse

  • Joe Gulaskey

    I would love to get D’Anthony Thomas late in this draft. He would be a perfect compliment back and a kick returner to boot. I know historically the Steelers preferred bigger return men though.

  • srdan

    Le-rod stevens howling?

  • Delroy Ross

    Hopefully LaRod Stephens-Howling is healthy enough to fill that 3rd spot so we can focus on defensive line, corner, inside linebacker, and a wide receiver in the draft!

  • Melly

    Luv it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • cp72

    Just looked it up….

    Blount has 41 carries for 216 yards and 3 tds against the AFC North last year….not to shabby.

  • joed32

    Adam Schefter

    Steelers gave RB LeGarrette Blount a two-year, $3.85M deal, including a $950K signing bonus.

  • Callentown

    Starting to come together.

    Adding Munchak for the O-line..
    Adding Blount for some power running..
    Ben, Bell, Brown and Heeeeath already in place, adding the top 3rd down WR in Moore..

  • Jeff Anoble

    DeAnthony Thomas cuts on a dime and gives you a nickle change. New 40 time as well 4.39. Is Archer Todd Haley’s Dexter McCluster?

  • ed bailey

    Was Will Johnson.

  • Ben Saluri

    EXCELLENT OFFSEAON!!

  • ApexSteel

    If we didn’t have other needs i’d be all for it, but we need a corner wideout and end still.

  • Jason

    Man I Hope not

  • 804Stiller

    Man, I didn’t think we could swing those numbers without restructuring Timmons. And, I hope we don’t have to do that. I figured it would have been for less $. Omar made it work, I guess.

  • T R

    part of getting older dude.. u will experience it soon or worst.. stick to football…

  • steelster

    Dat will end up being a slot wr in the nfl. He is very similar to dexter mccluster.

  • PA2AK

    they should try keeping him in the game more often…and when they do…not try throwing it to him on the same scripted play.

  • steelster

    Excellent is a reach. They are missing a starting DE, I would say good offseason.

  • Aric Brown

    He’s also extremely overlooked in the return game.. averaged nearly 30 yards a return last year at 29.1 that kills Felix Jones at 22.2 and even Emmanuel Sanders (who we cried about all year for not getting enough opportunities in the return game) at 26.8

  • Steve

    Blount does have some off the field incidents that we have to watch. Had 2 suspensions in College due to aggress actions on the football field and also one with the Titans. His nickname is “The Winnebago”. He is 6ft about 250lbs and runs a 4.59 – 40.

  • kamil

    Reach?? Idk about all that and starting defensive end will come out of camp between arnefelt and william or via draft..but arnfelt and williams are good runbstoppers and.bring pass rush ability so we are now more athletic and young ,and the most important we got depth now, relax we steelers fans we dont panic..we have high upside players from recent drafts and we look very good .

  • Steve

    After June 1 there will be some additions, with the draft complete and FA looking for teams to join cheaply.

  • kamil

    I think maysonet makes this team, very versitle..good mention!

  • pittsburghjoe

    Perfect Signing…They got a darn battering ram. I love it!! Thats Steeler football!!

  • JohnB

    itd also be nice if said scat back could return kicks/punts.

  • sean mcmartin

    this off season has been up and down..good move to sign blount. Now hope whoever they pick in the first round draft is a player who will contribute on the field,,sign someone who can play right away..no matter who it is.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    He’s a weapon, I heard. Used to be a QB which is alwaysw good for a couple of trick plays per year, and the rest of the time, he keeps you honest. Could be good to have one of those guys.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    You never know. They might want to try to get that injured CB and try him in the 5th or 6th, in which case Archer perhaps in the 4th. You just never know as there are billions of potential scenarios.

  • LucasY59

    or a patriot!

  • LucasY59

    too bad the Steelers didn’t use a 7th Rd pick on both of them, (or just signed them as UDFA’s)

  • blackandgoldBullion

    And don’t forget Munchack and the O line. I don’t know if these guys will be markedly improved immediately or it will take a while to gel, but sooner or later, the line starts blowing out holes that anyone can run through. Then imagine the play action pass, with Wheaton streaking past his man for a long TD. That’s the future.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Last year they drafted mostly guys that were bright and mostly captains. This year you have to be French to be in the Backfield. Maybe they will start scouting some guys in Quebec. If they find anyone in Canada it won’t cost them a draft pick.

  • Matt Manzo

    That’s why it really drives me crazy!

  • Will Hammer

    TheSteelers got the thunder now get the lighting …

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Keep that in mind; while he was a QB in the gimmick offense of triple options, he was asked to return, throw, run, and catch. His best projection is to be a 3rd down back, a receiving back. Its a very realistic expectation to expect him do little of everything especially in trick plays. Having Blount and Bell both will boost our offense much more than any would think