The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed free agent running back Stevan Ridley. He played for the Denver Broncos in the preseason and most notably had a successful stint with the New England Patriots.
“Steelers sign journeyman RB Stevan Ridley, 5-10, 220 out of LSU,” wrote Scout’s James C Wexell. Nearly 3,000 yards career, 7 teams, won ring with Pats.”
Ridley is not what he once was, but he did show flashes in the preseason. He also knows the Patriots offense, which could help the Steelers should they meet in the playoffs.
Plus, he’s just a veteran running back with starting experience. The Steelers obviously hope they never have to use him, that Le’Veon Bell stays healthy. If they do need him, they don’t want to have any questions.
“The Steelers signed running back Stevan Ridley to fill the void left by the injury to James Conner,” the team announced on its official website, via Teresa Varley. “Conner was having surgery on Tuesday for an MCL injury and was placed on injured reserve.”
“Unfortunate for him,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “Liked the trajectory of where he is going and his career was going in 2017. He will get well and continue on with his career.”
Conner is a fan favorite, but this injury was just too much to push through. With Ridley, the Steelers get stability and depth.
Some will ask, though, why they did not call DeAngelo Williams. He ran for 907 yards and 11 touchdowns in place of Bell in 2015. He’s still a free agent and his Twitter activity makes it clear he still follows the team as closely as if he was on it. That would appear to be a seamless fit, but it was not to be.