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Arizona Cardinals sign James Conner to one-year deal

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Dec 27, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (30) runs with the ball as Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Darius Leonard (53) defends during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 28-24.Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals agreed to terms with former Steelers running back James Conner on a one-year deal, the team announced Tuesday.

Conner, who turns 26 next month, visited the Cardinals on Monday. Financial terms were not announced.

A Pennsylvania native, Conner played collegiately at Pitt and was the Steelers’ third-round draft pick in 2017. When the disgruntled Le’Veon Bell sat out the season in 2018, Conner became the team’s featured back.

He gained 973 yards rushing, added 497 receiving yards and scored 13 touchdowns that season, earning Pro Bowl honors.

Injuries to his quadriceps and shoulder limited him to 10 games and only 715 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns in 2019. And last season, he ran 169 times for 721 yards and added 35 catches for 215 yards with six total touchdowns.

The Steelers’ tight salary cap situation undoubtedly contributed to them not extending re-signing Conner after the expiration of his rookie deal.

In Arizona, he’ll help to fill the void left by Kenyan Drake, who signed with the Las Vegas Raiders as a free agent.

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–Field Level Media