The Pittsburgh Steelers made their first signing of the 2018 offseason. Well, re-signing.
Fitzgerald Toussaint was a free agent for roughly a day. Now, he’s Pittsburgh’s first offseason signing, returning to the team for a one-year deal.
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Steelers have brought back the fifth-year running back to a one-year, league minimum contract.
Toussaint spent most of last season on the team’s practice squad before becoming part of the active roster towards the later part of the regular season. Rushing for 38 carries for 125 yards in his three years with Pittsburgh, Toussaint has been nothing more than a third-string back the team can rely on when needed.
Toussaint’s most important play came in 2017 when he filled in for an injured Le’Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams during the Steelers postseason. In two playoff appearances, Toussaint rushed 27 times for 97 yards and a score as Pittsburgh headed to the divisional round of the playoffs.
The running back signed with Pittsburgh in 2015 after being released by Baltimore following his rookie season. The former Michigan Wolverine currently sits behind Le’Veon Bell and James Conner on the Steelers’ depth chart.
Toussaint will head back to a clouded backfield in Pittsburgh. After Mike Mitchell’s release, the team has options as to how to approach the rest of the offseason. With Le’Veon Bell still a hassle to sign, the team could begin exploring other options to the free agent market and NFL Draft.
This team isn’t likely to make many offseason moves this year. Heading into the draft, they’ll have two major needs to fill, but as long as they feel comfortable with the Bell situation, Pittsburgh could keep this roster in tact.
Toussaint isn’t guaranteed to make the active roster this season, but judging by the team’s use of his the last three years, he should be high on the list of third-string running back options.