LaRod Stephens-Howling in for visit with Steelers

Christian Petersen

The Steelers entertain the second former Cardinals running back this offseason.

The Steelers will host their second former Cardinals running back Wednesday when University of Pittsburgh product LaRod Stephens-Howling returns to the Steel City to meet with the team.

Stephens-Howling, who was not re-signed by Arizona, joins Beanie Wells as free agent running backs who recently played for the Cardinals and subsequently spent some time talking contract with the Steelers.

A dubious distinction, for sure.

Stephens-Howling was mostly a special teams player until last season, when he had career highs with 110 carries, 356 yards and four touchdowns.

The Steelers gave original round/right-of-first-refusal tenders to restricted free agent running backs Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman this offseason. Dwyer has signed his tender, but Redman has not. It would not be a surprise to see the Steelers address this position in the draft, and if they did, they would likely want a running back with return ability to replace 2012 fifth-round pick Chris Rainey. Rainey was released earlier this off-season after being arrested on battery charges.

Stephens-Howling would fit at least some of that bill. An adept return man, he may be the kind of versatile player they're looking to add.

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