The Steelers eased their depth problem at running back a tad this afternoon when they came to terms on a one-year contract with former Pitt halfback LaRod Stephens-Howling.
Stephens-Howling, a Johnstown native, was an unrestricted free agent from the Arizona Cardinals and reportedly turned down an offer from them to stay.
The Cardinals selected him in the seventh round in 2009. He had 652 yards rushing and a 3.6 yards per attempt over four seasons that included 10 starts and 57 games played. He ran for 357 yards and a 3.2-yard average last season. He caught 56 passes for 534 yards
The Steelers will look at Stephens-Howling, who turned 26 today, as a kickoff return man. He had three career kickoff returns for touchdowns, but has not returned punts in the pros.
A source told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the team still may consider signing former Giants halfback Ahmad Bradshaw, but that it will depend on whether they address the position in the draft tonight and tomorrow.
Stepens-Howling becomes the fourth halfback on the roster, joining Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman and Baron Batch.
First Published April 26, 2013 9:15 PM