The Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping for another season of success.
The team announced Monday that it signed free-agent running back Terrance West to a two-year contract extension.
West was the Steelers’ primary running back in 2016, and he rushed for 1,313 yards and eight touchdowns.
He also added 2,723 yards and 19 scores in 13 games this season.
West has been out of work since April and was signed in March as a free agent.
The Steelers will have two running backs on the roster next season, and West will be a backup.
West will turn 33 on March 8, so the team is counting on him to be in the lineup as long as the Steelers are winning.
The signing of West, who rushed for 4,854 yards and 29 touchdowns in his first four seasons, could help Pittsburgh keep pace with the NFL’s pace-setting pace of running backs.
West is the second running back to join the Steelers this offseason after running back Le’Veon Bell signed a three-year, $40 million contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers on March 2.
Pittsburgh had been one of the teams with the most interest in signing West, but the Steelers decided to wait until after the draft to sign him.
The decision to sign West at this time, after the team’s first round of the NFL draft, may be a sign that the team believes it can make a run at another AFC North title in 2017.
The NFL is expected to make another round of free agency, and the Steelers could still have an opening for the No. 1 running back spot this offseason.
West could also help Pittsburgh’s playoff chances.
The Browns are one of a handful of teams that could potentially have a shot at the Steelers in the wild-card round.
If Pittsburgh beats the Bengals in the AFC wild-carriage game Sunday, it would clinch the No.-2 seed in the playoffs.