Steelers will re-sign running back Jonathan Dwyer

Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

The Steelers will sign free agent running back Jonathan Dwyer in wake of an ACL tear suffered by LaRod Stephens-Howling.

Post Gazette reporter Ed Bouchette is reporting Monday the Steelers will re-sign running back Jonathan Dwyer.

(We have since removed a commentary piece on why Dwyer would not re-sign with the Steelers)

Dwyer is being brought back in wake of the ACL tear suffered by RB LaRod Stephens-Howling. Dwyer was released by the team in their final cuts, with the assumption the team did not want to pay both Dwyer and Isaac Redman their $1.3 million one-year deals from restricted free agency.

It wasn't reported how much the Steelers will give Dwyer, or what his role will be, but judging by the horrendous job the Steelers did in pass protection, Dwyer's ability to block has to be the overlaying value of this move.

He could fit in as the team's third down back, and with Redman having been less-than-effective, to put it mildly, he may even compete for the bulk of the carries in the absence of rookie RB Le'Veon Bell.

What signing a player they cut a little over a week ago tells us about the organization, from roster decisions to reactions to injuries, is puzzling, but Dwyer's status has come full-circle. It's a good thing; they need someone to pick up the slack of a running game that managed just 32 yards in the loss to Tennessee.

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