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Steelers Sign Two-Time Super Bowl Champion RB La’Mical Perine

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed two-time Super Bowl champion running back La’Mical Perine after his release by the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Kansas City Chiefs running back La'Mical Perine (29) celebrates after an interception during an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed free agent running back La’Mical Perine, his agency SportsTrust Advisors announced on Thursday.

Perine, 26, is a 5-foot-11, 216-pound running back that is entering his fifth NFL season. He spent the last two seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, earning two Super Bowl rings.

He was on the practice squad when the Chiefs won Super Bowl LVII at the end of the 2022. He re-signed with Kansas City for 2023, and was again on the practice squad before he was called up to the active roster on Dec. 24.

Perine played in three regular season and three postseason games for Kansas City, totaling 22 carries for 77 yards. He saw his most extensive playing time on Jan. 7 against the Los Angeles Chargers, in a game that the Chiefs rested most of their starters.

In the playoffs last winter, Perine was active for the first three rounds, but played only on special teams. He was not dressed for Kansas City’s Super Bowl LVIII win over the San Francisco 49ers.

The Chiefs released La’Mical Perine on May 17, before the start of OTAs.

Originally a fourth-round pick of the New York Jets out of Florida in 2020, Perine played 14 games over two seasons in New York, rushing 72 times for 263 yards and two touchdowns. He was cut by the Jets in 2022, and spent time on the practice squads of the Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins before catching on in Kansas City.

At Florida, Perine rushed for 2,485 yards and 22 touchdowns over four seasons. He also caught 72 passes for 674 yards and another eight scores. His best statistical seasons came in 2018, when he had 996 yards from scrimmage and eight total touchdowns, and 2019, when he had 938 yards from scrimmage and 11 scores.

Perine tested relatively poorly in the pre-draft process. He ran a 4.62-second 40-yard dash at the 2020 NFL Combine, and posted a 4.31-second shuttle and a 7.13-second three-cone drill for a 5.28 Relative Athletic Score out of 10.

Perine will add experience at running back and on special teams to a relatively thing running back room. The Steelers have Najee Harris, Jaylen Warren and Cordarrelle Patterson seemingly in solid positions on the roster. Perine will join rookie camp tryout signee Jonathan Ward, undrafted free agent Daijun Edwards and first-year player Aaron Shampklin in competing to be the team’s fourth running back.

The Steelers roster will now have 89 players, but because of an international roster exemption for outside linebacker Julius Welschof, they can still add two players to their roster if they choose to.