Pittsburgh Steelers Release Running Back LeGarrette Blount


The Pittsburgh Steelers announced on Tuesday that they have given running back LeGarrette Blount his release.

The 6-foot, 250-pound running back joined the Black and Gold as a free agent on March 28 and had signed a two-year agreement. He played in each of the team’s 11 games this season and contributed 256 yards on 65 carries and two touchdowns. Blount, who will turn 28 in December, also added six receptions for 36 yards.

The former Oregon Duck came into the National Football League as an undrafted free agent in 2010 with the Tennessee Titans. He was waived in September 2010 and claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs traded him to the New England Patriots in April 2013 prior to his coming to Pittsburgh this year.

Both Ed Bouchette of the Post-Gazette and Curtis Crabtree of Pro Football Talk on NBCSports.com reported that Blount had left LP Field in Nashville prior to the conclusion of Monday night’s contest against the Titans, presumably upset with his role in the offense. He did not receive any carries in the game against Tennessee.

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According to National Football League Media insider Ian Papoport, if a team were to claim Blount off waivers, it would cost his new squad $317,647 for this season and a non-guaranteed 2015 base salary of $2 million.

The Black and Gold are on their bye week this weekend, and return to action at Heinz Field on Sunday, Nov. 30 when they take on Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints (4-6). Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on FOX.

From The Clipboard: Pittsburgh also announced on Tuesday that they promoted rookie running back Josh Harris to the 53-man roster.

The 5-foot-10, 210-pound tailback joined the Steelers on July 29 before being signed to the team’s Practice Squad on August 31. The Duncanville, Texas native played his college football at Wake Forest and went undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft.