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Mike Tomlin: Steelers will add running back help in draft or free agency

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The Steelers aren’t just window-shopping for running backs.

Speaking at the NFL meetings in Orlando on Tuesday, head coach Mike Tomlin said the club would be signing or drafting running back depth to complement starter Le’Veon Bell, according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“We need to have depth in that area and we will in the not-too-distant future, whether it’s in free agency or the draft,” Tomlin said, per the Post-Gazette.

The Steelers have met with Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew and are scheduled to host Patriots tailback LeGarrette Blount later this week.

As a rookie, Bell led the Steelers in carries (264) and rushing yards (860) in 2013. He also scored eight of the Steelers’ nine rushing touchdowns. Overall, Bell was responsible for about 62 percent of the Steelers’ rushing attempts and yards. The Steelers’ second-leading rusher in 2013, Jonathan Dwyer, departed for Arizona in free agency.

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42 Responses to “Mike Tomlin: Steelers will add running back help in draft or free agency”
  1. madpunter88 says: Mar 25, 2014 11:00 AM

    Yeah, free agency has been going now for a couple of weeks. Did they just decide this?

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 25, 2014 11:01 AM

    tomlin wants to add running back depth to help him with interfering with the game on the sidelines.

  3. scoops1 says: Mar 25, 2014 11:04 AM

    wouldn’t have had this problem if they drafted Lacey

    SkoLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

  4. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 25, 2014 11:05 AM

    No one is better.

    #godsteam

  5. jeffdway says: Mar 25, 2014 11:07 AM

    If they could restructure Timmons contract and/or extend Big Ben’s deal by Friday, Blount could be a real option. With 2.1M in cap space currently, I see signing Blount as a long shot, and I’d rather not see them spend a draft pick on a RB that’s going to get very limited snaps when we have much more pressing needs.

  6. flaccodelic says: Mar 25, 2014 11:07 AM

    Tomlin has also announced that he will be stepping back from some of his normal duties this season, and will be hiring a Special Assistant of Strategic Sideline Wandering to help the Steelers’ aging defense prevent opposing teams from scoring.

  7. rhamrhoddy says: Mar 25, 2014 11:10 AM

    I think ol Tippy Toes better focus on keeping his QB upright.

  8. astrategyexpert says: Mar 25, 2014 11:12 AM

    Depth at every position is important, given the physical nature of the game. Injuries always happen. You need a capable backup who can come in and contribute. Mike Tomlin is smart, he gets it. Free agency and the draft are both excellent ways to add players to your roster.

  9. dryzzt23 says: Mar 25, 2014 11:14 AM

    I guess Isaac Redman is gone, as is Howling.
    They need to find a change of pace guy, like Fast Willie Parker was, AND they need a true fullback, not a slow RB or rock-handed TE who moonlights at FB.

  10. Smash-Mouth.com says: Mar 25, 2014 11:15 AM

    The Steelers ran Bell very heavily last season and their offense is clearly much more dynamic when he’s on the field.

    That said, I would much prefer the Steelers find a viable back like MJD or Blount (my personal preference) to at least share some of the workload.

    If they continue to feed Bell like they did last season, I would be concerned about his career longevity.

  11. Pitt_Fan87 says: Mar 25, 2014 11:19 AM

    He’ll probably be someone who is old! ZOMG LOLZ

  12. ravanator says: Mar 25, 2014 11:20 AM

    I thought the Steelers did not need a running game, they have Big Ben at QB the greatest ever, with his cap number higher than Joe”Montana”Flacco. We continue to get better, and the Steelers continue on their own path of irrelevance. Cheers!

    #ravensownthesteelrs
    #ravensnationleader

  13. tvjules says: Mar 25, 2014 11:22 AM

    With what’s out there in free agency, the Steelers would do better picking one up in the draft.

  14. z06vision says: Mar 25, 2014 11:24 AM

    Add youth instead of a washed up overpriced back. It works!

  15. jmblosser82 says: Mar 25, 2014 11:27 AM

    Try to sign a decent FA RB, this team needs a big WR target and Miller’s replacement on offense. On defense they need front 7 depth and a couple young CBs. This team can have a shot at the playoffs but not close to a SB contender.

  16. razzlejag says: Mar 25, 2014 11:39 AM

    The Jaguars outdrew the Steelers again last year. Maybe MJD will help them with attendance or consult on their move to London.

  17. ijahru says: Mar 25, 2014 11:39 AM

    Great headline, where else are you supposed to get a running back?

  18. clashpoint says: Mar 25, 2014 11:56 AM

    With what cap room they have right now, Blount looks like the more likely option. I expect them to draft a back as well, just probably later, on day 2 or 3 with one of the compensation picks. They still have contracts they can redo if the Steelers need more money right now. Does anyone else love the draft as much as I do? It’s like Christmas in May!

  19. steelcurtainn says: Mar 25, 2014 11:57 AM

    The steelers always do it their way. They will add MJD or Blount at the right price or they will draft a rb. I’m not opposed to either guy but if I had to choose I would go with the younger Blount.

  20. pittsburgh361 says: Mar 25, 2014 11:59 AM

    Ravens finshed 3rd in the afc north behind that old defense of pittsbugh which is now the 3rd youngest. Do you raven fans know that you mediocre qb has a cap charge of 28 million nxt year.

  21. pittsburgh361 says: Mar 25, 2014 12:04 PM

    8 sacks given up in the last 8 games. I think big ben was upright and add munchak heck with that non existence of a pass rush the ravens have ben should beable to go through his reads 4 times. I mean you guys didnt even record a sack in the last game. They must of been watch that flucco guy they paid for the previous year success. O well.

  22. Future HOF 20xx says: Mar 25, 2014 12:22 PM

    Do you raven fans know that you mediocre qb has a cap charge of 28 million nxt year.

    Nope, not next year. Its the year after. You know the year when Ben’s contract runs out. Going to be hard times and lots of crying in Pittsburgh next couple years as you come to grips with this reality.

  23. silverdeer says: Mar 25, 2014 12:31 PM

    Steelers could throw a 7th round pick and a used kicking tee at the Lions for Leshoure. They’d bite.

  24. realdealsteel says: Mar 25, 2014 12:32 PM

    I love the fact that Flacco has hog tied his team from making any serious moves.

    Flacco is going to be voted as one of the greatest Steelers of all time at the rate he’s screwing his team for us!

    Steelers 12-4 in the 2014 season!

    (and we don’t respect any team with howdy doddy at QB so the Bengals are dead too)

  25. pmac26 says: Mar 25, 2014 12:39 PM

    razzlejag says:
    Mar 25, 2014 11:39 AM
    The Jaguars outdrew the Steelers again last year. Maybe MJD will help them with attendance or consult on their move to London.
    ————————————————-
    FYI: Every Steelers game has been sold out since I don’t know… the 70′s and the waiting list for season tickets in Pittsburgh is around a 20 year wait. Chances are the Jags will move LOOOOONG before the Steelers do.

  26. skolisstupid says: Mar 25, 2014 12:44 PM

    They should make a trade with the vikings. Because they have so many quality RB’s due to their vastly superior talent knowledge. The have 21 division titles in the modern era. Minnesota. Skol. Ice fishing.

  27. williamshatnerstoupee says: Mar 25, 2014 12:54 PM

    Didn’t Baltimore just sign a 35 year old receiver? Getting old up there.

  28. pittsburgh361 says: Mar 25, 2014 1:02 PM

    Talent knowledge? Only 21 division titles that’s pretty weak. 0-5 in superbowls thats pretty lame. Maybe you guys neef Brett farve back then you might win more than 5 games this year. I feel bad for Adrian Peterson to have to wear purple and always have a loosing season.

  29. pittsburgh361 says: Mar 25, 2014 1:10 PM

    Now if you want to go to pittsburgh stats. 6 sb win 8 appearances, 15 afc championship games. Only afc team with 600 wins. The most hall of fame players, most playoff wins, 2nd most in history with division titles and its not the vikings that are number one. O well when you are the model franchise you have envious people.

  30. juanweiner says: Mar 25, 2014 1:10 PM

    The Steelers used to be a dominate championship style team.

    The Ravens used to be the Browns.

  31. Deb says: Mar 25, 2014 2:32 PM

    I desperately wanted to draft Lacy last season, but Bell has worked out extremely well. Still, Haley’s offense required more depth at running back, and I’d love to see the Steelers find a Buslike back that would let us create a power tandem.

  32. steeltroll says: Mar 25, 2014 2:33 PM

    LULZ @ ravanator and Ray Rice.

  33. gbmickey says: Mar 25, 2014 3:05 PM

    They haven’t signed anyone because none yet are willing to take a minimum contract which is all the steelers can afford unless they restructure for the umpteenth time.

  34. richabbs says: Mar 25, 2014 4:05 PM

    They certainly could use a back up RB. Tomlin spent more time on the field than most of their back up RBs.

  35. Shinnbone says: Mar 25, 2014 4:47 PM

    Eddie “The Hammer” Lacy is laughing.

  36. bobzilla1001 says: Mar 25, 2014 4:52 PM

    The Steelers aren’t just thin at running back. They also need depth at receiver, linebacker and the secondary. I expect the team to sign a lot of cheap help — via undrafted free agents — in order to stock its off-season roster, which looks pretty barren right at the moment.
    However you may feel the Steelers finished last season, you can throw those feelings out the window. The 2014 team isn’t going to look much like the 2013 team … which might be a good thing.

  37. youplayinfoosball says: Mar 25, 2014 5:20 PM

    Oh yes please sign another broken down injury prone RB. Just like your potato headed, motorcycle crashing, bathroom stalking QB!

  38. tedmurph says: Mar 25, 2014 5:29 PM

    No one is jealous of the steelers, they’re irrelevent after two 8-8 seasons with no playoffs. Keep barking about ancient history. Bottom line; nobody is afraid of them anymore. Colbert can’t draft and never has money for any decent FAs. They traded up for a safety last yr and are already trying to replace him because they know he’s a bust. LBell=JAG. Same with JJones, MWheaton, MAdams, etc, etc. the list goes on. The Browns will probably pass you this yr too. Keep on living in fantasy land. Until they get rid of Colbert and ‘tippy toes’ Tomlin, it ain’t gonna get any better. Blow it up, get something for Roethlisberger and start over.

  39. tombstoned says: Mar 25, 2014 8:54 PM

    What could they possibly get for Roethlisberger at this point? Guy has stunk since Arians ran for the door.

  40. canadiansteeler says: Mar 25, 2014 9:04 PM

    Tomlin didn’t tell us anything that someone with half a brain could’ve figure out on their own. The only other way to acquire a player is through trade and that’s not happening.

  41. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 26, 2014 7:57 AM

    No one is jealous of the steelers, they’re irrelevent after two 8-8 seasons with no playoffs. Keep barking about ancient history. Bottom line; nobody is afraid of them anymore. Colbert can’t draft and never has money for any decent FAs. They traded up for a safety last yr and are already trying to replace him because they know he’s a bust. LBell=JAG. Same with JJones, MWheaton, MAdams, etc, etc. the list goes on. The Browns will probably pass you this yr too. Keep on living in fantasy land. Until they get rid of Colbert and ‘tippy toes’ Tomlin, it ain’t gonna get any better. Blow it up, get something for Roethlisberger and start over.

    4 16
    As a fan of the patriots(cheaters) you are soon to be the most irrelevant team when Tammy Brady is done. The Pats can’t draft d backs or receivers worth a damn so I would be careful in that glass house chowdahead. Certainly no one is afraid of the Pats now that their cheating is so well known and how they fold in the playoffs. So Ted you are just a typical chowdahead blovating you unwarranted arrogance….amusing.

  42. youplayinfoosball says: Mar 26, 2014 10:22 AM

    you are soon to be the most irrelevant team when Tammy Brady is done

    Man that is the pot calling the kettle black lol. I’d say Tammy has a good two or three years left (if he chooses to play that long) b/c he is mostly injury free (probably due to those tampered injury reports, but who needs a QB with both thumbs right?)

    If I were you I’d be more worried about Ol’ bathroom Ben falling and unable to get up. Get that man some life alert!

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