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Steelers get Chris Rainey’s contract done

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Chris Rainey left this weekend’s rookie minicamp with a better sense of the Steelers offense as well as a new four-year contract.

The Steelers announced that they reached agreement on a deal with the former Florida Gator that they selected in the fifth round of the draft. Rainey was one of the combine stars thanks to his speed and agility, skills that have led him and others to suggest he could play a Darren Sproles-type role on offense and special teams in the NFL.

His Sproles-type size — Rainey is 5’8″ tall — helped send him to the fifth round. Rainey also was arrested for stalking while in Gainesville, although the charges were dropped when he agreed to take part in a pre-trial diversion program. Those two things knocked him down the draft board, but that could be a blessing for the Steelers if Rainey winds up giving them a jolt of energy in the years to come.

Rainey joined nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu as draft picks signed by the Steelers already. Picking up those two players in the middle rounds is part of the reason many pundits have given the Steelers high marks for their work during the draft.

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25 Responses to “Steelers get Chris Rainey’s contract done”
  1. The Buffer Zone says: May 7, 2012 9:21 AM

    Rainey “was arrested for stalking”?

    Ladies in the ‘burgh better watch out; Big Ben just found a new clubbing partner.

  2. redguy12588 says: May 7, 2012 9:34 AM

    Steelers really liked Baron Batch too last year, shame he got injured, I only see them keeping one or the other however. Hope Batch gets a chance.

  3. souljalb says: May 7, 2012 9:52 AM

    Charges were dropped so why must you bring them up? SMH

  4. eaglesfan247 says: May 7, 2012 10:13 AM

    Was it “Rainey” outside when he was stalking?

  5. latchbeam says: May 7, 2012 10:20 AM

    Gentlemen Ben meet Gentleman Chris…

  6. iluvwikileaks says: May 7, 2012 10:31 AM

    Eagles fan taking a shot at Rainey. That is precious considering the S.O.B. and dog killer/ex-con you’ve got at QB.

  7. bigdog214 says: May 7, 2012 10:59 AM

    I’m betting he got a bigger “signing bonus” when he joined the Gators.

  8. mostlombardisintheleague says: May 7, 2012 11:02 AM

    Rainey will confuse and spread the opposing defenses, allowing him to rip off large chucks of yardage coming out of the backfield, running a route, or returning a kick – triple threat – for opposing defenses. Good luck guessing what play Todd Haley has dialed up before the snap with #22 on the field. Only suggestion – Chris lose the beard, it weighs you down.

    Black and Gold Forever !!!!!

  9. lovefootball4life says: May 7, 2012 11:03 AM

    Would worry a little about durability at this size. He’s 180lbs. Closest in measurables to Sproles (who had durability concerns before proving them wrong) but about 30lbs+ lighter than MJD or Rice.

  10. bettis3636 says: May 7, 2012 11:09 AM

    I love this pick… ANOTHER 5th Rd steal buy Pitt…!! Hope this speedster can stay healthy!

  11. sportsmeccabi says: May 7, 2012 11:19 AM

    The only reason those charges were dropped we’re because they carried a significant penalty and he would’ve had to miss the football season if convicted. All of the defense attornies, prosecutors, and judges in Gainesville went to the UF law school. They take care of their own.

  12. rexismybff says: May 7, 2012 11:38 AM

    Baron Batch AND Chris Rainey – crazy! Suddenly the Steelers have got lightning in a bottle again.

    Fast Willie who??

  13. mding729 says: May 7, 2012 11:46 AM

    Im really looking forward to seeing what this kid can do!! If he is anything like Darren Sproles, it would make for a fun offense to watch.

  14. steelersmichele says: May 7, 2012 11:55 AM

    Thanks for reporting the facts PFT. He dated a woman and they broke up. He sent her an inappropriate text. She read it but didn’t call police because she didnt feel threatened. Another woman called police and he was arrested. The ex-girlfriend told police she didnt feel threatened, didnt want charges pressed, and knew he sent the text because he was upset. He realized he messed up paid the consequences.

    Not saying he isn’t an idiot for sending the text, but you implied he was stalking her…hanging outside her house and following her around. That wasn’t the case at all, but I guess the truth doesn’t get as many posts.

  15. mostlombardisintheleague says: May 7, 2012 12:06 PM

    @rexismybff

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    Fast Willie who??

    Fast Willie Parker – longest TD run in Super Bowl history, that Fast Willie.

  16. bettis3636 says: May 7, 2012 12:39 PM

    NEVER disrespect a Ex-Steeler like Parker…!! Unreal comment!

  17. t8ertot says: May 7, 2012 12:50 PM

    “Charges were dropped so why must you bring them up? SMH”

    Accusation is enough for me..steelers sign him so he’s ok. Better believe if the bengals signed him it would of been blown up

  18. Deb says: May 7, 2012 1:07 PM

    Congrats, Chris, and welcome to the Steelers.

    Rainey had a fight with his girlfriend of three years, left her house, and texted her a lunatic death threat. How they got “stalking” from a single threatening text is a mystery. But there was no history of abuse, she dropped the charges, and they reconciled. He was suspended five games, put on probation for six months, and attended an anger management program. After he completed all the requirements, the charge was removed from his record. And all this happened a couple of years ago, not last week. He hasn’t had any issues since.

    But yes, I’m sure PFT will bring it up every time his name is mentioned from now through retirement and his obituary. Their motto is never let a screwup be forgotten if there’s a chance it will generate an extra page click.

  19. nickster31 says: May 7, 2012 1:07 PM

    t8ertot says: May 7, 2012 12:50 PM

    “Charges were dropped so why must you bring them up? SMH”

    Accusation is enough for me..steelers sign him so he’s ok. Better believe if the bengals signed him it would of been blown up

    **************************************

    Accusations is enough for you? Seriously? I just pray that you are never accused for something you didn’t do.

  20. clashpoint says: May 7, 2012 2:22 PM

    I don’t think he can be the third down running back because his size will make it hard for him to pick up blockers. That is a mandatory skill for the role, on any team. At camp last year, Batch was excelling at this before he went down, and the current third down back, Moore, also excels at this. Steeler backs in general got a lot of practice helping their o-line pass block.

    I can definitely see him at a slot receiver though, someone they can move around a lot, run their bubble screens with, or inside screens, or just send on a fly pattern, really a lot of stuff. With his speed and size, the Steelers need to get him the ball in space. Rainey in the open field should give defenses nightmares.

  21. eggersthejerk says: May 7, 2012 6:31 PM

    Oh yeah I’m sure this signing is making the other teams in the NFL shake in there boots, boy.

  22. dachozen1 says: May 7, 2012 10:28 PM

    It’s unbelievable how anxious people are to look at the negative in everything. People make mistakes and change. Give this young man to grow from his mistake and hope they he becomes more valuable than bad in his community. Mr Rainey do ya thing and ignore the haters! Go Steeltown!!

  23. antibenapalooza says: May 8, 2012 7:30 PM

    Steeltown is actually Stinktown while you know who is the first string quarterback.

  24. crosberger says: May 9, 2012 6:13 AM

    Anytime there is an article about the Steelers, there will be a few posts insulting Rothlisberger – often using the word “rape” or some variation. It is as pathetic as it is boring. It amazes me how tiny a life some readers of this site must have.

    Ray Lewis was involved in an incident where a man was murdered – yet Steelers fans don’t bring it up on every friggin article about the Ravens.

    Whatever

  25. mitchitized says: May 9, 2012 11:07 AM

    @crosberger: Unfortunately the whole “RayRay is a murderer!” does get thrown around. The good news is that there are enough trolls here for everyone.

    Welcome to sports forums. :-)

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