Jan 11, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) runs for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in the second half during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers Sign RB LeGarrette Blount

The Pittsburgh Steelers have added depth to their running back corps Friday afternoon with the signing of LeGarrette Blount. ESPN is reporting that the Steelers signed Blount to a 2-year deal.

LeGarrette Blount was signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2010 out of Oregon. Blount was suspended for the majority of the 2009 season at Oregon due to an incident in the opening game against Boise State where he punched an opponent and got into an altercation with fans of the Boise State fans.

Blount was picked up by Tennessee as an undrafted free agent in 2010 but was waived after making the 53-man roster. He was picked up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where his first NFL game was a 38-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, ironically. Blount played 3 seasons for Tampa, earning 1,007 rushing yards his first year. He played a diminished role for the team once they acquired Doug Martin.

In April of 2013 Blount was traded to the New England Patriots where he rushed for 772 yards on 153 carries for the season. He scored 7 touchdowns and had 2 lost fumbles. He had a monster game in the playoffs against Indianapolis Blount rushed for 166 yards on 24 carries and scored four touchdowns, the second on the all-time list for rushing touchdowns in a playoff game.

The signing adds some depth to the Steelers running back corps which was pretty bare. The depth chart reads “Le’Veon Bell……..” so another guy who can carry the ball is definitely a luxury the Steelers couldn’t go into 2014 without.

What are your thoughts on the signing of LeGarrette Blount, Steeler Nation?

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  • Stanley Turner

    Two-headed monster running game!! If Magic Mike Munchak can improve an improving o-line, with those two guys running the ball look out! Makes passing game easier!

  • Jeffery Fierceblues Rahn

    I’m liking it…..Blount is a battering ram in cleats and will definitely complement Bell, plus be used as a pounder to tire out the defense and chew up the clock in the second half. YES!

  • Milliken Steeler

    BFT= Blount Force Trauma…coming to a field near you.

    Go Black and Gold!

  • Dom DiTolla

    Best move of the offseason, hands down. Upgrade over Dwyer as a short-yardage runner, can return kicks & play special teams if asked and relatively little tread on his tires for a player his age (579 career carries, 27 years old now).

    Best of all, he can take the wear and tear off of Bell. Which is fantastic considering his upright running style and his early-season injuries last fall.

    • Craig

      Wait what? :rubs eyes: Am I reading this right? :rubs eyes: Did Dom just have something positive to say about what the Steelers’ Front Office just did? :rubs eyes: Quick someone call Satan to see if there’s been a Winter Weather Advisory issued for Hell this afternoon! J/K, Dom – love ya bro.

      • Dom DiTolla

        While I would have rather seen the FO use that extra $$$ to lure Cotchery back, I can’t argue with this being a sensible move. Blount is a better short-yardage guy than Dwyer, can chip in on special teams and has plenty of tread left on his tires in case Bell gets injured.

        I think that there are plenty of quality scat-backs the team can now take in the 7th round or UDFA process to where RB is no longer a large draft need.

        • [email protected]

          When we get one of those quick backs, or when we draft in the later rounds we better make sure we get someone that can handle punts. I (unfortunately) was at the Titans game opening day in the ‘burgh and was telling my son that we should hold our breath everytime AB goes back to field a punt!! We really dodged a bullet that he didn’t get hurt doing that job last season.
          A very minor need compared to this MAJOR signing.
          The FO has really done an admirable job of handling the cash drawer and still bringing in good, solid, young players at a few key positions of need.
          Can’t wait for the draft!

  • datdudedre’

    I love this signing! Blount provides experience, production and valuable depth to the RB corps. The O-line will be improved, so look for us to get back to our running roots and use the run to set up the pass. Until Ben can work some symmetry with his new receivers, we will need to run the ball effectively. Blount’s an upgrade over Dwyer, Jones and Stephens-Howling and will give us a legit one-two punch with Bell that could wear down defenses. He’s a capable starter if Bell is injured, and is a classic cold weather back. Now we need to draft a scat-back with speed as the #3 back, and we could have one of the league’s better backfields.