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Steelers sign a free agent RB to their 90-man roster

The Pittsburgh Steelers are leaving no stone unturned as they have reportedly signed another running back to their 90-man training camp roster. According to Mike Garofolo of the NFL Network, the Steelers are signing former Wyoming and Arizona State running back Xazavian Valladay.

Valladay played four seasons at Wyoming from 2018 through 2021 where he appeared in 40 games and had 3,274 rushing yards on 626 carries along with 19 touchdowns. Valladay also added 584 receiving yards on 51 receptions and two touchdowns. Taking advantage of the additional year of eligibility, Valladay played for Arizona State in 2002 where in 12 games he had 1,192 rushing yards on 215 attempts and 16 rushing touchdowns. Valladay also added another 289 receiving yards on 37 receptions and two receiving touchdowns.

After going undrafted in the 2023 NFL draft, Valladay signed with the Houston Texans and had $175k in guaranteed money as a UDFA. Released by the Texans following their first preseason game where he had four rushing attempts for 8 yards, Valladay cleared waivers and was now free to sign with any NFL team.

In order for Valladay to join the Steelers, they will have to make a corresponding roster move. It is likely that it will be one of the Steelers running backs who would land on waivers. Over the last two days, the Steelers have waived two cornerbacks but also signed two other cornerbacks to their 90-man roster.

UPDATE: The Steelers have offically announced the signing of running back Xazavian Valladay.

The corresponding move was the Steelers waiving running back John Lovett. Added to the roster before the Steelers first padded practice, Lovett banged up after losing consecutive reps in the Steelers “backs on backers” drill and had not participated in practice since.

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