The Pittsburgh Steelers are thin at running back. Their current depth chart consists of the following:
With the need to add depth, the Steelers have decided to bring back journeyman running back Stevan Ridley, who finished the 2017 season with the black-and-gold.
This per Adam Schefter of ESPN:
Veteran NFL RB Stevan Ridley, who finished last season with Pittsburgh, is resigning on a one-year with the Steelers, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 4, 2018
Last year, in just two regular season games, Ridley carried the ball 26 times for 108 and 1 rushing touchdown. He started the season finale vs. the Browns, and played in mop-up time against the Houston Texans the week before.
Whenever he saw the field, Ridley was impressive with his speed and toughness running the football. He became a very good complement to Le’Veon Bell’s style of running. With that said, many will assume this move could be viewed as insurance in case Bell doesn’t sign his tag, or it is rescinded, but I wouldn’t read too much into it.
I chalk this up to the Steelers needing to add depth at the position, and Ridley, with an offseason under his belt, could be a great insurance policy if Bell and/or Conner goes down with an injury. In my opinion, this was a very good signing.
When financial details of the contract are released, we will update you on the team’s dwindling salary cap space. In the meantime, stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on the black-and-gold.