Steelers add speed to the backfield

April, 26, 2013
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The Pittsburgh Steelers signed a running back, but they're likely not done addressing that position this offseason.

The Steelers reached an agreement with LaRod Stephens-Howling, a free agent from the Arizona Cardinals. He won't compete for a starting job, but he'll serve the same role as Chris Rainey.

Stephens-Howling, a former star at Pitt, is an elusive back who can provide a big-play spark, whether it's as a runner or receiver out of the backfield. It's a bonus that Stephens-Howling can make an impact on special teams and has experience as a returner.

The Steelers could still draft a running back Friday night in the second or third rounds. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh still might have an interest in free agent Ahmad Bradshaw if the team doesn't draft a running back. Bradshaw has been cleared to resume all football-related activities after undergoing foot surgery this offseason.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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