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Steelers sign former Panther DeAngelo Williams

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Running backs are all the rage right now, and Pittsburgh just scored a solid backup to add into their rotation.

The longtime Panther, DeAngelo Williams, will head north and sign on with the Steelers

Williams announced the move on Twitter on Friday and the team added it's a two-year deal. The deal is worth $4 million, reported NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport on Saturday, per a source.

The 31-year-old, a former first-round pick, should pair nicely with Le'Veon Bell in a role reserved for LeGarrette Blount a year ago and should be on the roster toward the end of the season when Mike Tomlin needs him most.

There is a fine line between good and bad last-leg running back deals, but assuming Williams is healthy -- not always a safe thing to do -- this should be a steal.

Williams missed a majority of last season with a slew of injuries to his hamstring, ankle and hand. He returned for the playoffs but in a limited role.

The good news for Williams is that he won't need to be a workhorse anymore. If the Steelers are smart, they'll find the niche he fits best in and use him to lighten the load on Bell.

Having both of them for the stretch run can make all the difference, as Pittsburgh learned a few months ago.

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