The Jets had reportedly been trying to trade the former Steelers running back, who had expressed his unhappiness with his role in Head Coach Adam Gase’s offense. I am preparing myself to be the best version of me. CLEVELAND, Ohio â Former Browns running back Kevin Mack recalled the time Marty Schottenheimer instilled in him the confidence to succeed in the â¦ Follow him on Twitter @DonnieDruin for more news, updates and more on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Posted on January 7, 2021. Former Steelers full back Tim Lester has died. From greats in Franco Harris to Le'Veon Bell and every solid ball-carrier in-between, a key part of Pittsburgh's offensive success has been paved on the ground. Running the football, and doing it extremely well. 24 ... is the only running back Pittsburgh has drafted in the first round of the Colbert era. However, free agency still remains a viable option to add help in resurrecting their rushing attack, especially if the team wants to add a veteran presence to the group. "The draft itself, it is stronger at the tackle position than it is at the interior," Colbert said. While that production is nice on paper, Drake's price tag will have to be lowered in order for the Steelers to bring him in. The Steelers will also need to add a center to their line after the retirement of Maurkice Pouncey. Kenyan Drake- After making nearly $8.5 million last year, Drake came through with nearly 1,000 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns for the Cardinals in 2020. By Jeff.Hartman @BnGBlitz Feb 2, … In 2005, Bettis was in the final year of his career, however, and fellow running back Willie Parker, a former undrafted free agent, was the main runner that season. Pittsburgh has also had some pretty good running backs in their day. The Dolphins have a pair of first-round picks (Nos. From there, the Steelers add to their secondary, selecting Syracuse safety Ifeatu Melifonwu with the 55th pick. The Steelers still have Terrell Edmunds and Minkah Fitzpatrick under contract through the 2021 season. Follow Noah on Twitter @NoahStrack, and AllSteelers @si_steelers. It includes every starting running back from throughout Pittsburgh Steelers history, including current running backs and past ones. The Pittsburgh Steelers sit on an offensive lineman and open up with a running back in NFL Draft Bible's three-round mock. Steelers running back (1972-83) Franco Harris was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990. The Steelers rushed for 1,447 yards last season which was the fourth-least in … "I am running like a well-oiled machine. Here are a few options that specialize in doing just that: James White- Few running backs in the league catch the ball at a higher rate than the long-time Patriot, who's caught over 200 passes in his last three years. In the second round, though, they switch up and attack the defensive side of the ball. Restricted free agency can be a tricky road to navigate, especially when trying to claim a running back. Can Williams be a strong lead back on his own? On this week's edition of "Club Shay Shay," former 11-year NFL running back Ricky Williams stopped by the club. However, free agency still remains a â¦ Who knows better about running the ball in Pittsburgh than Steelers former running back Jerome “The Bus” Bettis?. Former Penn State standout Marcus Allen will remain with the Pittsburgh Steelers for at least another season. Some believe so, and Pittsburgh could find out for cheap. Jamaal Williams- Should the Steelers not be able to sign Aaron Jones, his counterpart in Jamaal Williams would do just fine as well. They also added Antoine Brookes Jr. in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Davis should stay around his $3 million dollar cap hit this offseason, if not climbing a bit higher due to his performance. One of Big Ben’s former teammates – reserve running back Josh Harris – not only agrees that Roethlisberger is a bad teammate, but also claims he intentionally fumbled a hand off to get back at former offensive coordinator Todd Haley in a 2014 game against the Bengals. Joe and Brian welcome a very special guest to the latest episode of the Steel City Underground Podcast: former Steelers great and running back Merril Hoge! Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert addressed the need for offensive linemen in the draft, stating that the tackle position is the strongest in this draft class. Kansas City Chiefs running back Le’Veon Bell (26) runs in the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020. Former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark, who’s been a voice on ESPN since 2015, is going to be on the network a little longer. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney wants quarterback Ben Roethlisberger back with the Steelers for the 2021 season. Tim Worley, North Carolina native and former National Football League (NFL) running back, struggled through injuries, substance abuse, crime and suicidal thoughts before becoming a Christian.He was drafted into the NFL in 1989 after an award-winning stint playing for the University of Georgia. Mike Davis- While Davis is capable of also rushing effectively, his pass-catching prowess was on display when Christian McCaffrey struggled with injuries last season. Former Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, has been released by the New York Jets.ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news on Twitter Tuesday … PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers add a running back â¦ Donnie Druin has been with AllSteelers since August of 2019. Former Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall feels the Pittsburgh’s current quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, is a “racist.” At least he did, until he tried to soften his initial comments. Here are a few other names to keep an eye on - Chris Carson, Jerick McKinnon, D'Onta Foreman, Matt Breida and Wayne Gallman. One former NFL executive, Michael Lombardi, was a guest on 93.7 The Fan a few days ago and he didnât mince words when it came to him giving his thoughts on the Steelers â¦ Though a fan favorite for his ties to the community and battle with cancer, James Conner is â¦ Former Steelers, Rams, and Cowboys fullback Tim Lester died on Tuesday at 52. The Pittsburgh Steelers need to address the running game this offseason, and their first look will be free agency. The Pittsburgh Steelers offered Le’Veon Bell a generous contract back in 2018, but without informing his teammates or coaches, the two-time All-Pro running back elected to … While the offensive line is expected to be overhauled this offseason, the Steelers running back room is expected to see some change as well, as running back James Conner is a free agent and not expected back in the building. Below is NFL.com's description of an RFA: "A player with three accrued seasons and an expired contract. With the Steelers' offense evolving thanks to Matt Canada's promotion to offensive coordinator, it's likely the Steelers will need a strong pass-catching running back. Posted on November 13, 2020. First, let me know what you’re doing with yourself now and how you got involved in that? In their latest three-round NFL Mock Draft, the Steelers are expected to fill up the offense, focusing on the run game. When you first think of the Pittsburgh Steelers, a few things come to mind: Tough defense, the team's dominant stretch in the '70s, and Santonio Holmes' catch in Super Bowl 43 are just a few options that may pop up in your head. ... [the Steelers] back â¦ Finney. Note: The years listed are those in which players made an appearance in a game. âThe Steelers have to address the running back position in the draft. In any draft, the tackles are unusually deep this year. The Pittsburgh Steelers sit on an offensive lineman and open up with a running back in NFL Draft Bible's three-round mock. Next: Rounds 2-3 Next 1 of 4 Prev post Former West Virginia Mountaineers running back Wendell Smallwood has signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Exclusive with Former Steelers Running Back David Hughes, 1988. The former cornerback points to the youth in the AFC North â Joe Burrow, Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson â as the reason the 38-year-old should call it quits. You hear Pittsburgh Steelers and it screams football. For those new to waving terrible towels: Yes, once upon a time, Pittsburgh was notorious for being able to run the ball on any defense, at any time. Merril shares some stories from his early playing days with Chuck Noll on through another soon-to-be Hall of Fame coach with Bill Cowher, as well as some thoughts on […] PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers add a running back and offensive tackle in the first three rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft, according to NFL Draft Bible. The Steelers are heavily expected to add another running back in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, and our recent mock draft has them doing exactly that. He was 52. VIDEO: Le'Veon Bell career highlights. He played as a running back, but converted to fullback after he was drafted by the Rams in 1992. The following is a list of players, both past and current, who appeared in at least one regular season or postseason game for the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL franchise. A new report indicates that the Miami Dolphins are interested in Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner when NFL free agency gets underway on March 17. Several Prominent Former Steelers Still In Running For 2020 Super Bowl Title. Donnie Druin is a Staff Writer with AllSteelers. Former defensive back Charles Woodson gets Hall of Fame door knock from Pro Football Hall of Fame CEO David Baker. The talent, however, is there for Drake to lead the Steelers' backfield, yet it feels as if Drake has to have strong offensive line play in order to be effective. Ex-Steelers star says Ben Roethlisberger should retire or he'll set the franchise back 'two or three' years One of Big Ben's former teammates says â¦ Although White has always been a part of New England's running back carousal, his talents would be well-received in Pittsburgh. 3 and 18), a clear need for a featured back and a young quarterback in Tua Tagovailoa who is already stumping for Miami to draft his former â¦ Steelers mock draft: Pittsburgh finds running back help early by Tommy Jaggi. Steelers running back (1972-83) Franco Harris was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990. ... serving behind their first-round rookie running back, who has been banged up lately. Not to discount any of the below players, but their price tags should be relatively cheaper than their free agent counterparts. Among those options? We've gone through a few different categories of potential running backs. I now own Compass Management and manage single-family homes, duplexes, condos, and apartments. "Center and guard, traditionally, is not a very strong group. Why the Steelers won't be drafting a running back at No. Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis watches the Steelers play the Seattle Seahawks in the first half of an NFL football game, Sept. 15, 2019, in Pittsburgh. Lester, 52, died of … Should the Steelers opt for free agent help, a plethora of options exist for Pittsburgh: If the Steelers don't mind breaking the bank for running backs, a couple top-tier options exist for Pittsburgh: Aaron Jones- Jones is set to become the next handsomely paid running back in free agency, as his impact in Green Bay last season set him up for a solid payday in the offseason. 2014 week 17 we were playing the bengals. Despite the low cost, they could also provide the most value and bang for Pittsburgh's buck: Marlon Mack- Mack was set to have a solid 2020 before heading to injured reserve, performing well in 2019 and was well on his way to becoming one of the hotter names entering the market before injuring his Achilles. Former Pittsburgh running back Josh Harris, who played with the team in the 2014 season after being signed as an undrafted free agent, has accused quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of … Exclusive with former Steelers Running Back Ray Wallace, 1989. With Benny Snell still in the mold of a bruising power-back and Anthony McFarland still finding his feet as a potential home-run hitting guy in space, the Steelers are again on the prowl for a do-it-all three-down back. "Easily one of the best running backs in college football last year, Harris has shown that he can be an all-around back, catching the ball, blocking, finding open space and creating yards for himself," Zack Patraw wrote. Williams proved himself to be a strong presence in Green Bay apart from playing second-fiddle to Jones. Steelers mock draft: Pittsburgh finds running back help early by Tommy Jaggi. ... Those two are the most notable names as far as former Steelers entering the â¦ With that being said, only nine running backs are set to become restricted free agents, and only one caught my eye for Pittsburgh: Gus Edwards- Only Lamar Jackson gained more first downs than Gus Edwards did for the Ravens, despite Edwards ranking third on the team in rushing yards. By Matthew Marczi. Edwards runs the ball extremely well and would provide Pittsburgh with an excellent fit. Drafting a running back this early goes against trend, but the Steelers have a glaring hole and Etienne would be a perfect fit in Canadaâs offense. I always was invested in some way in real estate – owned some properties. Fixing the rushing attack is no simple task. PITTSBURGH, PA — Former Steelers running back Tim Lester, perhaps best known for blocking for Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis, has died. That was not the case in 2019. The former Steelers superstar running back is preparing for a Super Bowl, and doesn’t regret a thing about how he ended up in Kansas City. AllSteelers Publisher, Sports Illustrated | Noah has covered the Steelers since 2017. Position (Years with the Steelers) Year Inducted; Jerome Bettis: Running Back (1996 - 2005) 2017 Rocky Bleier: Running Back (1968, 1970-80) 2018 Mel Blount: Cornerback (1970 - 1983) 2017 Terry Bradshaw: Quarterback (1970 - 1983) 2017 Larry Brown Davis caught nearly 60 passes/2 touchdowns in 12 games starting, while also adding six scores rushing as well. Noah Strackbein is a Publisher with AllSteelers. He was a member of the Steelers team that beat the Seattle Seahawks 21-10 in Super Bowl XL. Smallwood, a fifth round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2016, won a Super Bowl with the Eagles in 2017. Follow Donnie on Twitter @DonnieDruin, and AllSteelers @si_steelers. RFAs are free to negotiate and sign with any team, but their original team can offer them one of various qualifying offers ("tenders") that come with the right of first refusal and/or draft-pick compensation. If the tender is withdrawn by a team, the RFA becomes an unrestricted free agent.". Pittsburgh opens up the draft by selecting Alabama running back Najee Harris with the 24th pick. Some believe the Steelers could be in line to pay Jones, and while the price tag will be much higher than the $2 million dollars he made last season, Jones may just be the best elixir for Pittsburgh's ground game. With the Pittsburgh Steelers making things far too interesting, considering the Browns started the game with a 28-0 lead, Cleveland running back Nick Chubb took a â¦ Report: Former Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell signs with Jets. He will also be without center Maurkice Pouncey, who announced his … He was released in 2019 and signed with the Washington Redskins. I figured I’d just go back into the workforce. From there, the Steelers are predicted to use their third-round pick on Cincinnati tackle James Hudson. Even if it's on a one-year deal to prove he's healthy again, the Steelers would benefit greatly from Mack's presence. First, let me know a little about what you’ve been doing since your time in the NFL? "I started my training back, started my diet back," said Nelson. He was a member of the Steelers team that beat the Seattle Seahawks 21-10 in Super Bowl XL. Not knowing what to expect, but hopefully I can be around for a long time. The Steelers are heavily expected to add another running back in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, and our recent mock draft has them doing exactly that. Edwards, despite averaging five yards per carry and six touchdowns last season, was forced to take a step back thanks to the play of J.K. Dobbins. Worley ran for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears and now does motivational … Featuring 2018-2019 Pittsburgh Steelers and some of the greatest NFL running backs of all time, the best Steelers RBs include Jerome Bettis, Bill Dudley, Walter Abercrombie, and Rocky Bleier. "The Steelers haven't had that kind of consistent runner since they let go of Le'Veon Bell.". After the NFL, I was in a ministry in Seattle but I could sense my time was coming to an end there. As expected, the Cincinnati Bengals have released former Steelers center/guard B.J. Joshua Derrell Harris (born January 22, 1991) is a former American football running back.He played college football at Wake Forest and signed as an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers … Nicknamed “The Bus Drive” Lester was Hall of Fame running back Jerome “The Bus” Bettis’ blocking back, ... Those two are the most notable names as far as former Steelers entering the … Rocky Bleier thought he made peace with what happened in a rice paddy in Vietnam on Aug. 20, 1969. White's 2020 AAV sat at $4 million dollars, right on the money for the average salary of a running back. Roethlisberger will likely be without former Pro Bowl receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and running back James Conner. The move saves the Bengals $3.275 million against the salary cap and carries no dead money. Former All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell is now a free agent after his release from the Jets. I think we can add players through the draft.". Share ; ... the star running back is joining Sam Darnold and the New York Jets. A healthy relationship/mesh between running back and offensive line is a must, and quite frankly, the Steelers didn't have any part of that equation figured out last season. I am going into the last year of my contract. So, seeing the Steelers rank dead last in rushing for the 2020 season at a whopping 84.4 yards averaged per contest is a bit unsettling for any team, especially for a team such as the Steelers. One former Steelers star thinks the running back could revive his career by joining the Patriots.