Steelers sign Mewelde Moore
Mewelde Moore (Elsa/Getty Images)
Mewelde Moore (Elsa/Getty Images)

Posted Mar 3, 2008

The Steelers had enough cap room left over from the Ben Roethlisberger renegotiation to sign a running back to a three-year contract.

The Steelers signed Mewelde Moore to a three-year contract Monday.

Moore (5-11, 209) spent four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings after the team drafted him in the fourth round (119th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft out of Tulane. He has played in 54 career games, including 11 starts, as both a running back and kickoff and punt returner.

For his career, Moore has 1,285 rushing yards on 264 attempts (4.9 avg.) with one rushing touchdown. He also has 116 receptions for 1,093 yards (9.4 avg.) with three touchdowns. Moore has returned 74 punts for 768 yards (10.4 avg.) with two touchdowns and 26 kickoffs for 503 yards (19.3 avg.).

Moore enjoyed his best season as a Viking in 2005 as he rushed 155 times for 662 yards (4.3 avg.) with one touchdown. He also caught 37 passes for 339 yards (9.2 avg.) with two touchdowns that same year while returning a punt 71 yards for a touchdown.'s Bob Lurtsema recently had this to say about Moore:

"Mewelde does everything right, but he just doesn’t move up the ladder at all. I think he could run every play for 30 yards and I don’t think he’d get much playing time. Now with Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor, as young as they are and as good of a job as they do, I think that he’d be more valuable to other teams. He’s really consistent when he gets in there, his average and everything he does. He’s a mild-mannered guy – doesn’t say anything but just does his job."

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