ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas reports that the Falcons will add free agent running back Aaron Stecker to the roster today. Stecker is a 9-year veteran that has spent the last five seasons with the New Orleans Saints.
Pro Football Talk reported last week that the team had worked out Stecker among other free agent running backs. The team’s interest in running backs likely stems from recent injuries to Jerious Norwood and Ovie Mughelli, which has forced the teams’ third running back Jason Snelling to pull double duty at both running back and fullback. Also among those players the team worked out was Antone Smith who was added to the practice squad last week.
Stecker played in 6 games with the Saints last season, rushing for 43 yards and making 9 catches. He had a 100-yard game against the Falcons in 2007, in which he had career highs with 115 carries, 448 yards, and 36 receptions. Stecker served primarily in a role as a third down back with the Saints until the team added Reggie Bush in 2006 that coupled with his increasing age made him less valuable over the past three seasons. Prior to joining the Saints in 2004, he spent four seasons as a reserve running back and kickoff returner with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.