"There were a couple of guys we looked at, but we stayed true to the board and looked at the value of the pick that we had on the board," said Tomlin.
According to the NFL Network, the 6-1, 235-pound Barlow, who played for the New York Jets in 2006, is expected to arrive in Pittsburgh today and be with the team Friday as it opens its mandatory mini-camp over the weekend.
A six-year NFL veteran, the Pittsburgh native and Peabody High School graduate spent the first five seasons of his career with the San Francisco 49ers, for whom he was third-round draft pick. He has 3,984 career rushing yards and 30 touchdowns in 84 games, including 33 starts.
Barlow's best season came in 2003 with San Francisco when he gained 1,024 yards and scored six touchdowns sharing time with Garrison Hearst in the 49ers' backfield.
But he fell out of favor in San Francisco when head coach Mike Nolan, whom Barlow later compared to Hitler, took over in 2005 and was traded to the Jets in 2006.
Barlow struggled with the Jets last season, picking up just 370 yards on 131 carries, a 2.8-yard average. He did however score six touchdowns.
Dale Lolley appears courtesy of the Observer-Reporter.