The Pittsburgh Steelers have reportedly re-signed RB Fitzgerald Toussaint to a one-year deal. The move was first reported by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler on Twitter a short time ago.
Steelers sign RB Fitz Toussaint to one-year exclusive rights deal, per source. Toussaint was third-string tailback and part of KR rotation
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) February 1, 2017
As Fowler points out, Toussaint was set to become an exclusive rights free agent, meaning he was virtually guaranteed to return. Exclusive rights players can’t be offered contracts by other teams. Their options, if tendered, is to sign with the team or sit out the season. Toussaint, of course, will sign and be with the team through at least training camp.
He served as the Steelers #3 running back this season once Le’Veon Bell returned to the lineup. He carried the ball 14 times for 58 yards and caught another three passes during the regular season. His main contribution came as a kick returner, starting most of the season, and averaging 21.4 yards per return. He didn’t offer any splash in that area with a return “long” of 33 yards.
The Steelers are likely to add at least one running back over the course of the offseason. If DeAngelo Williams is re-signed, Toussaint could be on the outside looking in come training camp. If they don’t, Toussaint may resume his role as the team’s third fiddle.