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Steelers sign LeGarrette Blount to two-year contract

LeGarrette Blount scored 11 touchdowns between the regular season and playoffs in 2013. (David Bergman/SI)

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed running back LeGarrette Blount to a two-year contract.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were not hiding the fact that they were actively searching for a running back to play behind last year's second-round pick Le'Veon Bell, and they were meeting with some notable veterans to potentially take that backup role with the team.

Maurice Jones-Drew passed on the opportunity in order to sign with the Oakland Raiders, but LeGarrette Blount made a second visit late Thursday night that carried into Friday before the two sides ultimately agreed to a deal.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, Blount agreed to a two-year deal.

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Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Blount gives the Steelers a hard-nosed rusher that their offense has been lacking in recent years, and he will be a real hammer at the goal line. Blount is coming off of an impressive year, finishing the 2013 regular season with 772 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground and becoming the Patriots' lead back in the final weeks of the season.

The Steelers are still expected to rely heavily on Bell to carry the load for the team, but Blount could be called on in short-yardage situations to bring the physical attack between the tackles that fans in the Steel City have been clamoring for.

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