According to press reports, Blount signed a 2 year 3.85 million dollar contract, which included a $950,000 signing bonus. While Blount’s primary role will be to back up Le'Veon Bell, his role could expand as suggested by Steelers Digest editor Bob Labrolia:
Reinforcements for Le'Veon on board for @Steelers with signing of LeGarrette Blount. Also may have found a KOR. Check Blount's '13 statsDuring his four year NFL career, Blount has only returned kicks for New England, where he played last year. But as Labrolia suggests, his numbers do prompt an eye brow raise:
— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) March 28, 2014
- Blount out performed the Steelers.
No Word on Salary Cap Moves
The Steelers entered the day with just over 1 million dollars remaining under the NFL’s Salary Cap. It was assumed that they would need to make another move, either signing transition player Jason Worilds to a long term deal or restructuring the contract of Lawrence Timmons to gain extra space.
- Thus far there is no word of any such salary cap move by the Steelers.
Steelers Still Need More Depth at Running Back
LeGarrette Blount entered the NFL in 2010 as an undrafted free agent rookie in Tampa, and rushed for over 1000 yards as a rookie in seven starts. He doubled that start count in 2011, but rushed for only 781 yards, but still posted a decent average of 4.2 yards a carry. Blount rode the bench in 2011, only carrying 41 times for 151 yards. From there he went to New England, where he started 7 games and rushed for 772 yards.
- In a word, he gives the Steelers a reliable veteran presence in the back field which they do not have.
Still Reason for Redman’s Return
That of course begs the question of Isaac Redman. The question no one else is asking in Steelers Nation, but one suggested here, namely that the Steelers should give Redman a second chance.
- That was true before they signed Blount, and remains true.
That will leave plenty of money to sign Redman to a veteran minimum contract with no signing bonus, which will be a no risk proposition for the Steelers.
- This probably won’t happen, but if it does, you read it here first.