A PITTSBURGH HOMECOMING
Pittsburgh failed to draft a running back last month. But it's on the verge of signing a veteran one to bolster its roster.
By Wednesday, the Steelers are expected to sign former Jets and 49ers running back Kevan Barlow to a one-year contract. Barlow is scheduled to fly to Pittsburgh on Thursday morning to be in attendance for Friday's mandatory minicamp.
Kevan Barlow wants to revive his career and the Steelers might be the perfect fit. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Barlow could be the big back that the Steelers lacked last season without Jerome Bettis. Pittsburgh will give Barlow a chance to win playing time and carries behind Willie Parker.
And Barlow will be doing it in the environment he knows. Barlow grew up in Pittsburgh, attended college there and idolized former Steelers running back Franco Harris. Now Barlow has all conditions working in his favor -- a team in need of another back, in a place he wants to be.
Maybe this can help revert Barlow into the back he was in 2003, when he gained 1,024 yards for the 49ers.