Knile Davis signs contract with Pittsburgh Steelers

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 09: Knile Davis
HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 09: Knile Davis /

The Pittsburgh Steelers liked what they saw in Knile Davis after the free agent running back visited the team on Monday.

The Pittsburgh Steelers moved quickly to sign free agent running back Knile Davis to a contract after the former Kansas City Chiefs RB visited the team on Monday. The announced deal will provide the team with an experienced back-up for Le’Veon Bell as well an option in the return game.

Davis played for four seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs, and will likely mostly be remembered for an incredible 108-yard kickoff return during his rookie season that, interestingly enough, came against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Then again there was also the incredible 106-yard touchdown return against the Houston Texans in the playoffs.

Davis was deemed expendable when he failed to cement his role as a back-up option behind Jamaal Charles, being outplayed by both Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West. Tyreek Hill’s presence last season eventually negated his role as a returner as well. On the positive end for Davis is that he never once complained about diminishing role with the Chiefs and remained a professional and team player to the end.

Davis will compete with Fitzgerald Toussaint for touches behind Bell, unless the team decides to also bring in another face or even re-sign DeAngelo Williams.