PITTSBURGH — LeGarette Blount, a free agent who ran for 772 yards last season for the New England Patriots, agreed to a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The deal will give the Steelers needed depth in the backfield behind a budding star, Le’Veon Bell.
Blount, 27, ran for a career-high seven touchdowns in 2013 for New England. He added 166 yards rushing and set a team playoff record with four touchdowns in a victory against the Indianapolis Colts.
The Steelers need bodies in the backfield after Jonathan Dwyer and Felix Jones were not re-signed after last season. Blount has 2,711 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns in 56 games, with 28 career starts.
Blount also gives the Steelers a big back near the goal line.
49ERS: Cornerback Chris Culliver was arrested on suspicion of felony hit and run and reckless driving after he drove a car into a bicyclist and fled, San Jose, Calif., police said.
A police spokesman said Culliver was driving a white Ford Mustang when he hit the cyclist near downtown San Jose. The bicyclist wasn’t seriously hurt.
Police said a witness followed Culliver, who also drove into the car of the witness. That vehicle blocked the suspect’s car until police arrived.
• San Francisco re-signed cornerback Perrish Cox to a one-year contract.
REDSKINS: Washington signed free-agent offensive lineman Mike McGlynn.
McGlynn can play center and both guard positions. He’s started 48 games over five NFL seasons with Philadelphia Cincinnati and Indianapolis.
RAIDERS: Free-agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew agreed to a three-year contract.
Jones-Drew was hampered by injuries and poor play his final two seasons in Jacksonville, and left as a free agent. He had 8,071 yards rushing and 68 TDs in eight seasons with the Jaguars.
BRONCOS: Denver signed backup offensive tackle Winston Justice to a one-year deal.
Justice was brought in early last season after left tackle Ryan Clady was placed on injured reserve with a foot injury. Justice appeared in four games during the regular season and one in the postseason.
BILLS: The team will honor its late owner, Ralph Wilson, with a public celebration and remembrance at the team’s field house April 5.
The event will feature memorabilia, exhibits and a guestbook to allow fans to pay tribute to the Hall of Fame owner, who founded the former American Football League franchise in 1959.
EAGLES: Unable to find a taker on the trade market, Philadelphia released receiver DeSean Jackson, ending his six-year stint with the team.
Jackson thanked the Eagles organization and fans in a statement, and denied “unfounded reports” he was released for any reason related to his lifestyle. Reports had indicated he was a gang member.