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Report: Steelers strike two-year deal with LeGarrette Blount

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The Steelers got the backfield help they wanted.

Aaron Wilson of National Football Post reports the Steelers reached a two-year deal with Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount on Friday.

Blount comes off a productive one-season stint with New England, which acquired him late last April. Blount proved a key addition to the Patriots’ backfield, gaining 772 yards and scoring seven touchdowns in regular season play. He played especially well in the latter stages of the season, highlighted by a four-TD performance against the Colts in the divisional playoffs.

Blount (6-0, 250) will be the primary complement to Le’Veon Bell in the Steelers’ backfield. His departure from New England leaves Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden as the Patriots’ top three tailbacks.

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77 Responses to “Report: Steelers strike two-year deal with LeGarrette Blount”
  1. notwhoyouthinkitis says: Mar 28, 2014 3:59 PM

    Superb pick-up by the Steelers.

  2. ctiggs says: Mar 28, 2014 4:00 PM

    i dont like the steelers, but that is a great 1 2 punch.

  3. slick50ks says: Mar 28, 2014 4:01 PM

    This is the best RB pickup in the off season.

  4. stainlessstill says: Mar 28, 2014 4:01 PM

    HERE WE GO!!!!! Mighty impressive with Colbert and our FO’s work in this years FA to get this team in the right competitive mindset. Though our cap has been subpar, we’re making the best of our gaps and needs. MJD never sat well with me. Blount makes MUCH, MUCH more sense within’ our direction on offense. AWESOME signing! Onto the draft!

    GO STILLERS!

  5. hummer53 says: Mar 28, 2014 4:02 PM

    Nice pick up. Fits Steelers style of running.

  6. ulovetohatethesteelers says: Mar 28, 2014 4:02 PM

    Now that’s a nice backfield!

  7. mmmpierogi says: Mar 28, 2014 4:02 PM

    Bell + Blount = gonna be fun to watch.

    Two RBs that are complementary, style-wise, plus it keeps the Steelers from running Bell into the ground ala Fast Willie Parker.

  8. psmith7716 says: Mar 28, 2014 4:03 PM

    This is huge for the Steelers. We now have a short-yardage back that we can count on, and he should be great near the end zone. Very good signing by the Steelers!

  9. boz2300 says: Mar 28, 2014 4:03 PM

    Good signing. HOnestly I am hoping he sees little of the field though. I think Bell can play all 3 downs and run and catch and do everything including goal line work. Blount should only play to give bell a breather or if he is hurt.

  10. dryzzt23 says: Mar 28, 2014 4:03 PM

    I don’t like him b/c of his sucker punch in college. That makes him a punk in my view.
    Therefore, I hope he lasts 1 season with the Steelers and washes out of the NFL.

  11. steelerfanreece says: Mar 28, 2014 4:03 PM

    I love this signing! LB is a serious force and with the other LB in the backfield we’re going to be hard to stop!

  12. sdiegosteel says: Mar 28, 2014 4:05 PM

    A two-year deal with a 27 year-old Blount or a three-year deal with a 29 year-old MJD? I like the Steelers’ end of that deal. And I like Blount and a rookie as back-ups over Jonathan Dwyer and Felix Jones too.

  13. steelerben says: Mar 28, 2014 4:05 PM

    Superb might be an exaggeration. He’ll be an upgrade over what the team had last year if he can avoid fumbling.

  14. patriotsarespygaters says: Mar 28, 2014 4:05 PM

    Wow they stole him after belichick revived he and talib’s careers….all those haters insulting the pats secretly want some of their players

  15. jmdjr313 says: Mar 28, 2014 4:06 PM

    Free agency splash play!

  16. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Mar 28, 2014 4:06 PM

    I love this move for the B&G!

  17. ncphinsfan says: Mar 28, 2014 4:07 PM

    Unfortunately, he is too young at 27 for the Old Steelers, but seriously a very good signing for them.

  18. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 28, 2014 4:07 PM

    Man all the Raven geniuses who said the steelers didn’t have any money proved just how STUPID they are, but hey who didn’t know that.

    Good signing now they can look for more help in the draft on defense and a wide receiver.

  19. razzlejag says: Mar 28, 2014 4:10 PM

    Yes, good pickup. Not sure why the Patriots didn’t make a stronger effort to re-sign, though. He did a solid job for them.

  20. steelerdeathstar says: Mar 28, 2014 4:10 PM

    Great 1-2 RB tandem for the Steelers. Maybe even a 1-1?!

  21. heartofsteel36 says: Mar 28, 2014 4:11 PM

    Bell and Blount? I will take it in a heartbeat! Not too shabby for a team “way over the cap” with no money to spend in free agency, huh? All you haters can keep on hating. The Steelers have made some decent moves in free agency, and have gotten younger (26 years old avg age for projected starting offense and under 27 years old for starting defense, which includes Polamalu and Taylor). HERE. WE. GO.

  22. grimreaper12 says: Mar 28, 2014 4:12 PM

    Blount thrived in New England’s system because of Brady. Now Ben’s his QB, don’t expect Blount to have much of a impact.
    ” Nobody want to hit that Blount “. Always liked when Deion said that.

  23. bobzilla1001 says: Mar 28, 2014 4:13 PM

    Superb is most definitely the correct superlative. Last season, Tomlin couldn’t decide between Redman or Dwyer, cutting one, then the other. It was chaos. Had Blount been on the roster two seasons ago, drafting Bell last spring might not have even been necessary.

  24. ravensdominate says: Mar 28, 2014 4:14 PM

    Oh noooo! What are we gonna dooooo!!???

    Oh yeah… Win. That’s what we’re gonna do. We’re the Ravens. That’s just what we do.

  25. God Waves His Terrible Towel™ says: Mar 28, 2014 4:16 PM

    World’s greatest organization. Such class, wisdom, and strength constantly on display. Our trophy case only reinforces that fact.

  26. z06vision says: Mar 28, 2014 4:20 PM

    He was too young and trouble free for the ravens.

  27. eddiek77 says: Mar 28, 2014 4:21 PM

    Awesome pick up during an off season in which I have to wonder what changed the Steelers standard operating procedure. Whatever it was, I’m sure glad.
    Now, let’s build the D-line.

  28. Pitt_Fan87 says: Mar 28, 2014 4:22 PM

    It’s such a nice surprise to see the Steelers front office make some big moves in free agency. I hope Blount and the rest help make a difference on the field. If not, I bet the seat gets very warm for Colbert and Tomlin.

  29. patriotsdefense says: Mar 28, 2014 4:23 PM

    LgB is such a Steeler.

  30. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Mar 28, 2014 4:23 PM

    Allow me to be blunt: Steeltown has had no small measure of success with players named Blount.

    Great signing. Totally digging it.

  31. bigdaddy44 says: Mar 28, 2014 4:25 PM

    After the way he performed at the end of last season, it seems very odd that the Patriots made almost no effort to resign him. Money shouldn’t be the issue, it isn’t a big money contract and the Pats have some money to spend. There is something going on with him that the public, and maybe the Steelers don’t know about.

  32. abanig says: Mar 28, 2014 4:27 PM

    I love this move! Bringin the bus back! He and Bell will make a great 1-2 punch

  33. emmac13 says: Mar 28, 2014 4:29 PM

    I was impressed with his running last year. Until that last playoff game where he did nothing. He was added for small yardage and to give Bell a breather. Don’t get me wrong he can bust a few long runs. I think Tomlin wanted him so he would not have to step on the field in front of Blount. Blount is the type of guy that would run Tomlin over.

  34. blackngold4life says: Mar 28, 2014 4:30 PM

    Gota give the front office some credit..I actually wanted them to draft Blount and definitely wanted him over MJD or Moreno .. 3 Solid free agent pick ups. Now lets have a solid 1st 3 rounds in the draft.

  35. remyje says: Mar 28, 2014 4:34 PM

    willie parker and the bus 2.0

  36. allhailkingflacco says: Mar 28, 2014 4:37 PM

    As much as I hate the Steelers I have to admit that’s a solid pick up.

    Looking forward to the challenge.

    #rivalry

  37. holeinone09 says: Mar 28, 2014 4:37 PM

    Very happy they got this done, and for 2 years. The running attack should be solid, hopefully the OL will hold up and be injury free. Their offensive capabilities could be awesome with Ben at the helm!

  38. bengalguy says: Mar 28, 2014 4:39 PM

    Can he play QB?

  39. afcdomination says: Mar 28, 2014 4:40 PM

    I really like Bell, that guy has the potential to be one of the better backs in the league in a 2 back system. Blount is the perfect compliment. they will be glad they didn’t go with the broken down MJD or Chris Johnson

    Dwyer wasn’t cutting it and still wanted more than they were willing to give, and Bell/Blount makes a really great old school steelers style tandem

  40. bigbenownsthenfl says: Mar 28, 2014 4:40 PM

    gonna be some blount force trauma to the afc north chumps.. steelers looking good…vegas already got the steelers favored as afc north champs next year! cant keep us down for long. few years here and there. that’s why we are a dynasty and your team is not!!!! #6lombardis….

  41. bigbenownsthenfl says: Mar 28, 2014 4:41 PM

    gonna be some blount force trauma to the afc north chumps.. steelers looking good…vegas already got the steelers favored as afc north champs next year! cant keep us down for long. few years here and there. that’s why we are a dynasty and your team is not!!!! #6lombardis…

  42. blackngold4life says: Mar 28, 2014 4:44 PM

    OK Steeler fans..let’s quit with the Bus and Blount comparisons..not even in the same conversation

  43. tigerlilac says: Mar 28, 2014 4:44 PM

    Good luck to Blount in Pittsburgh. He was a model citizen in New England and a joy to watch.

  44. ravensnosncaps says: Mar 28, 2014 4:45 PM

    As a Ravens fan I admit this is a good pickup for the Steelers, he is tough to bring down. Just ashame Nofool had to bring us Ravens fans into his post.

  45. denverwally says: Mar 28, 2014 4:47 PM

    No Brady, no Pats o-line.
    Running behind that swiss cheese factory known as the Stealers o-line, Bount is going to revert back to the RB in Tampa that they had benched in favor of a 5’6″ munchkin.
    Blount is another feature of the Pats offense. He’s going to evaporate in that dung hole known as Pittsburgh. Ever ask yourself why the Pats didn’t make him an offer?
    You should.

  46. weepingjebus says: Mar 28, 2014 4:54 PM

    Ever see one of those nature documentaries where a great white is followed around by these little remora that feed off his scraps? That’s pretty much the relationship between the Patriots and the Steelers.

  47. jchipwood says: Mar 28, 2014 5:04 PM

    Good pick up but does Haley know how to use him? With their offense they had 3 or 4 years ago would be great but will he do well in their current offense.

  48. loyalraven says: Mar 28, 2014 5:07 PM

    I wonder if this signing has anything to do with Mike Tomlin trying to trip Jacoby Jones??

    “The Decrepit-’sburgh Stealers”: Retirement home for the feeble.

    #horse-roids

  49. cliverush says: Mar 28, 2014 5:07 PM

    LaG Blount was the high cap number in their RB stable. They will draft a young player this year to replace him on the rooster. He is a great addition for the Steelers. His kick-off returns excelled.

  50. majahpayne8950 says: Mar 28, 2014 5:16 PM

    Good pickup by Steelers. He reminds somewhat of bettis in his violent running style. He’s gonna run over alot of people in the north. From a Bears fan I was hoping he could complement Forte but it makes more sense that he signed with Pittsburgh. I’m thinking around 900 yds and 10 td’s even with bell getting most the carries. Now you just need desean…..

  51. beerndrums says: Mar 28, 2014 5:18 PM

    I thought everyone wanted to play for the cheaters.
    Whats up?

  52. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 28, 2014 5:18 PM

    “Great 1-2 RB tandem for the Steelers. Maybe even a 1-1?!”

    Slow down a bit there. Great, signing, but we are talking about the back-up to the best RB in the NFL. I hope Bell plays more snaps than he did last year, which means less for Blount.

    Hey Blount, if you see E Sanders cleaning out his locker, give him a sucker punch for me. Stupid 2pt conversion drop.

  53. tarafrawley says: Mar 28, 2014 5:27 PM

    One more back whose name starts with B, and Pittsburgh could have a new set of “Killer B’s.”

  54. Canton Bulldogs says: Mar 28, 2014 5:30 PM

    I would have figured him to be a goal line guy only but he and Bell are similar height and weight. He’s not catching passes out of the backfield, that’s never been his strength. Will be interesting to see how he fits in and if he can have the same success in Haley’s system that he had in Belichick/McDaniel’s.

  55. SAV says: Mar 28, 2014 5:41 PM

    I can’t believe the Ravens let this happen :/

  56. podevil says: Mar 28, 2014 6:02 PM

    2 years 3.85 million..That is a huge bargain for the Steelers.. Reminds me a little of the Steelers getting Bettis from the Rams.. Bettis was of questionable character with the Rams, and came to the Steelers and became very successful..
    6 foot and 250 doesn’t hurt either..and better speed than Bettis..
    Good luck LGB! Much success!

  57. blackhole7711 says: Mar 28, 2014 6:14 PM

    Great move by Pittsburgh here. Perfect complimentary back to leveon bell.

  58. steelersf123 says: Mar 28, 2014 6:18 PM

    Nice pickup! Now the Steelers have both RBs in the NFL that hurdle defensive players!

  59. Eutaw's Finest says: Mar 28, 2014 6:26 PM

    Wow in this post I’ve seen Bell called the best rb in the NFL and Blount who can’t stick with a team and had NO interest this offseason compared to the Bus.

    Steelers fans are insanely delusional. Or drunk. Or possibly both.

  60. steelcurtainn says: Mar 28, 2014 6:38 PM

    With Bell and Blount. The steelers are going to be lethal in the running game. Next is a top flight receiver and cornerback in the draft. Look out AFCN, the steelers are moving up the ladder.

  61. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 28, 2014 6:48 PM

    I guess with this signing the a Ravens are officially very nervous about their tenuous grasp on third place. I think if both Bell and Blount stay healthy Ben will get more protection and he will really torch the a ravens this year….can’t wait!

  62. steel2372 says: Mar 28, 2014 7:14 PM

    The Killer B’s are back in the Burgh baby! Great pick up from the Steelers Welcome to Steel Town LB! Steelers Nation welcomes you!

  63. RE LEE says: Mar 28, 2014 7:18 PM

    Once you pass through the Patriots’s smelter, you’re good to go.

  64. Future HOF 20xx says: Mar 28, 2014 7:34 PM

    I guess with this signing the a Ravens are officially very nervous about their tenuous grasp on third place.

    Are you talking about the division? We don’t care about the division. We have our sights set way higher. Signing a backup running back sure brings out the bravado in some tools.

  65. cbass59 says: Mar 28, 2014 7:44 PM

    What’s new with Ray Rice?

  66. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 28, 2014 7:55 PM

    Are you talking about the division? We don’t care about the division. We have our sights set way higher. Signing a backup running back sure brings out the bravado in some tools.

    Does in Ozzie we trust sound like the Raven rallying cry when they sign a new player….ssshhh hoc rites not welcome….tool.

  67. pftaddict says: Mar 28, 2014 8:17 PM

    Another fantastic offseason move by the Steelers! Blount will be a key contributor as the Steelers win their 7th Super Bowl.

  68. whodeylifer says: Mar 28, 2014 8:19 PM

    Good pick up for the sqeelers. See how he likes seeing Geno and Tez twice a year. They are still old, but they will be good for a wild card, that is if their own players don’t hobble each other.

  69. righthereisay says: Mar 28, 2014 8:23 PM

    I’m a Steeler fan.

    I’m not that excited. I hope I’m wrong. But any RB behind Tom Brady and his o-line has much more opportunity than an average QB. The defense isn’t ever focusing on the RB.

    Kind of like picking up a WR from the Patriots. For some reason, they always do good. I hate Tom Brady, but I credit him, not the WR for all of the receptions.

  70. bearshaterseverywhere says: Mar 28, 2014 8:31 PM

    Excellent move by the Steelers, I was hoping the Bears would pick him up to replace Bush, but after Allen was signed I new that wouldn’t happen.

    Bell and Blount will be ridiculous. Steelers running game is back if these 2 stay healthy.

  71. Future HOF 20xx says: Mar 28, 2014 8:53 PM

    Does in Ozzie we trust sound like the Raven rallying cry when they sign a new player….ssshhh hoc rites not welcome….tool.

    I give you 1 point for originality but minus -1 for not understanding what hoc rites (sic) means. Don’t know what you are getting at but keep trying.

  72. jedimasterbates says: Mar 28, 2014 10:27 PM

    I wonder why the Pats gave this guy up. Good pickup by the Steelers. Now all they need to do is fire Mike Tomlin.

  73. shaunypoo says: Mar 29, 2014 11:47 AM

    Now he just needs an offensive line to run behind.

  74. nocajunboy says: Mar 29, 2014 3:20 PM

    This puts Pittsburg back in the hunt for sure.

  75. 1historian says: Mar 30, 2014 10:35 AM

    For about 4 games Blount was all universe. Come the game against Denver he disappears. Come free agency the Pats make virtually no effort to keep him.

    More going on here than we can see.

  76. dcpword says: Mar 30, 2014 11:04 AM

    Strong pair of running backs sounds like a fair assessment, but way off base assuming the Steelers running game will excel. O-Line means more there than the backs, and I think the Steelers O-Line is average at best.

  77. tomterrific12 says: Mar 30, 2014 12:52 PM

    Enjoy him Steeler fans, this kid is a great talent. Hope he keeps his head on straight.

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