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PFW: Steelers to look at veteran running backs

The Steelers running back position seems to be in good order, with Issac Redman being behind Rashard Mendenhall and Mewelde Moore. Even with that, Pro Football Weekly suggests the team may look to ink a veteran back at some point this week.

A source close to the Steelers suggests the club could look at free-agent running backs to bolster their depth beyond starter Rashard Mendenhall. Veteran Mewelde Moore is slated to be Mendenhall’s backup, but the options beyond Moore are not as established or steady.

Redman led the team in rushing last year in preseason, but was released anyway. This preseason he also played well, and I would like to see what he could do in the regular season. To waste money on a veteran backup at this point to me would be a waste.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. Rick Estep

    September 5, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Bring back Willie

  2. George H

    September 5, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Wait Redman got cut?

  3. Matt Loede

    September 5, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Redman got cut LAST year in the final cuts, then was placed on the practice squad.

  4. jay

    September 6, 2010 at 6:30 am

    I agree, Matt, if you’re going young, then go young…or, bring in a BETTER backup than Moore, keep, Redman and Dwyer and release Moore…But to bring in a fifth back to supplant Redman’s development and even Dwyer’s is kinda counterintuitive I think.

  5. DrGeorge

    September 6, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Good comments, guys. It would make sense to sign a veteran RB only if he were better than Moore and on a par with Mendenhall. No team is likely to cut an RB of that caliber unless there is a major salary dispute, and the Steelers must use any new money to re-sign Woodley first. We can’t afford to pay top dollar for a RB this year. Any lesser back would impede the development of Redman and Dwyer, who are not great backs, but are going to get better. We have a Grade B backfield right now, but it is good enough and deep enough to win, if we can get the O-line to run block consistently.

    What we still lack is a big bruising RB\FB like Bettis who can move a linebacker on shortyard and in the red zone. I would be tempted to try one of our faster and larger defensive players at FB in short yardage situations, a la Refrigerator Perry in the year the Bears won the Super Bowl. The O-line would still need to make a hole, but once he got up a head of steam, no linebacker would stop him. J. Harrison would be ideal, but if he is too valuable to risk in that role, there are others who have the quickness, and most of them previously carried the ball in college or high school. Legursky, for example, is used to handling the ball, and when utilized as a blocking FB, he utterly terrorizes the opposing defense. He wouldn’t cost us a dime more to serve as a short-yardage RB, and the roster would remain unchanged. I would prefer to go that route rather than sign another expensive RB at this point.

  6. mark

    September 6, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Do NOT bring back Willie Parker. Lets go with the infusion of youth and see what they bring to the table. I like Mendy,Redman and Moore. That should be a fine rotation. There is no need to look for “Experience” in a RB role because it becomes an expensive 5 carries or so!

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