Humes signs contract

The Steelers announced they have agreed to terms with rookie running back Cedric Humes to a multi-year deal. Humes (6-1, 233) was chosen in the seventh round (240th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft after gaining 1,805 yards ...

... rushing during his career at Virginia Tech. He also scored 21 touchdowns.

Because of injuries, Humes made only 13 starts at Tech, nine of which came last season when he led the team in rushing with 752 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Humes rushed for over 100 yards in three of his final four contests, including a game-high 119 yards in Virginia Tech's Gator Bowl victory.

Cedric Humes is well known at Tech for his weightlifting exploits, and after he was drafted, Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach Dick Hoak had this to say about him:

"He is very effective once you get down in the red zone. He is a powerful back. He can catch the ball. He is not a burner. He doesn't have Willie Parker speed, but he breaks tackles and makes yards after contact. He is a good, solid player. Yes, he'll move the pile. He makes yards after contact. You get him down in the red zone and he doesn't have to run that far. He has been really productive on the goal line for them and if things work out like they did with Jerome (Bettis) last year, he may be the guy to fill that role."

The three-year contract will pay Humes minimum salaries. He received a $30,000 signing bonus.

The Steelers have yet to sign Santonio Holmes (1), Anthony Smith (3a), Willie Reid (3b) and Omar Jacobs (5a).

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