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Free agent RB LeGarette Blount leaves Patriots, signs with Steelers

New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount prepares for a walk through at the practice facility in Foxborough, Mass., Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount prepares for a walk through at the practice facility in Foxborough, Mass., Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers and free agent running back LeGarette Blount agreed on a two-year contract that will give the team needed depth in the backfield behind budding star Le’Veon Bell.

The 27-year-old Blount ran for 772 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns in 2013 for the New England Patriots. He added 166 yards rushing and set a team playoff record with four touchdowns in a playoff win over 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.

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