The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed their second free agent, officially coming to terms with RB Knile Davis. The team announced the move moments ago. Financial terms weren’t disclosed but it is a one-year deal.
We have signed RB Knile Davis.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) March 20, 2017
Ideally, Davis will be the #3 running back and should be the team’s starting kick returner. The latter is where this signing will have the greatest impact. In his career, Davis has averaged 26.8 yards per kick and two touchdowns and has an additional score in the playoffs, returning the opening kickoff against the Houston Texans in 2015.
Davis was on Depot’s original free agent wishlist. Here’s what we said at the time.
“He fell way behind in the pecking order up in Kansas City this year, becoming the third string back but had a big role in the offense in 2014. It wasn’t notably successful, he averaged 3.5 yards per carry, but he’s got size, speed, and a kick return background. He’s proud owner of two kick return touchdowns and an average over 28 yards in 2014.”
The Steelers are still likely to be interested in adding a running back in the draft to become the #2 behind Le’Veon Bell.
Look for a full scouting report on Davis later tonight or bright and early in the morning.