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Steelers Sign Running Back Kalen Ballage



The Steelers have signed free agent running back Kalen Ballage to a one-year contract, the team announced on Tuesday. The financial terms of the contract were not released.

Ballage, 25, is a 6-foot-2, 231-pound back that spent the 2020 season with the New York Jets and Los Angeles Chargers. Ballage rushed a total of 91 times for 303 yards and three touchdowns in 2020 for a 3.3 yards per carry average.

Before 2020, Ballage spent two seasons with the Miami Dolphins, which drafted him in the fourth round out of Arizona State in 2018. In two seasons in Miami, Ballage rushed 110 times for 326 yards and four touchdowns and a 3.0 yards per attempt average.

In four seasons at Arizona State, Ballage rushed for 1,984 yards and scored 27 touchdowns while also making 82 catches for 684 yards and two scores.

The Steelers return three-quarters of their running back room from 2020, with Benny Snell Jr., Anthony McFarland Jr. and Jaylen Samuels set to return, while starter and leading rusher James Conner remains an unrestricted free agent.

In addition the signing of Ballage, the Steelers also officially announced the signing of guard Rashaad Coward from the Chicago Bears.

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