Steelers sign free agent LeGarette Blount

April 02, 2014 - 12:27:00 am

PITTSBURGH: The Pittsburgh Steelers and free agent running back LeGarette Blount have agreed on a two-year contract that will give the team needed depth in the backfield behind budding star Le’Veon Bell.

The 27-year-old Blount ran for 772 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns in 2013 for the New England Patriots. He added 166 yards rushing and set a team playoff record with four touchdowns in a playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts.

The Steelers need bodies in the backfield after Jonathan Dwyer and Felix Jones were not re-signed after last season. Blount has 2,711 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns in 56 games, with 28 career starts.

The 6-foot, 250-pound Blount also gives the Steelers a big back near the goal line to complement the 6-2, 230-pound Jones.

Ryan Clark is returning to the Washington Redskins after the veteran free agent safety agreed to a deal yesterday.

He was quickly welcomed by Robert Griffin III on Twitter, with Clark telling the franchise quarterback: ‘’Let’s go win a lot of games & have some fun!’’

Clark visited the Redskins earlier this month after he became a free agent following eight seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Clark played in Washington in 2004-05, but the Redskins opted not to re-sign him and instead paid big money to Adam Archuleta, who became one of the top free agent busts in franchise history. Unable to find a taker on the trade market, the Philadelphia Eagles Friday released dynamic wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

Jackson was coming off a career-best season in Philadelphia, leading the team with 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns. He had a $10.25m contract for the 2014 season and was signed through 2016.

‘’After careful consideration over this offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles have decided to part ways with DeSean Jackson,’’ the Eagles said in a statement.AP

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