With a dearth of running back depth behind Le'Veon Bell, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been pecking around the veteran free-agent pool.
The Steelers brought in Maurice Jones-Drew last week and general manager Kevin Colbert confirmed the team will meet with running back LeGarrette Blount on Friday.
"We need to add quality depth to that position," coach Mike Tomlin said Sunday at the NFL Annual Meeting, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Le'Veon Bell is talented player but also a young player."
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Tomlin added he "felt good" about last week's meeting with MJD and is open to the possibility of signing him.
On the latest edition of the Around The League Podcast we discussed probable destinations for the free-agent running back group. Blount makes sense as a short-yardage pounding back in the Steelers' mold and a solid backup to Bell.
Some other notes from Tomlin and Colbert's meeting with the local media:
» Colbert said the team was aware of James Harrison's interest in returning to Pittsburgh, but the team will evaluate the market before making any decisions.
"Never going to close the door on any possibility, especially with a guy who was huge part of our success," the GM said.
» On signing veteran receiver Lance Moore: "Very smart, experienced receiver. There's still some good football left in Lance Moore," Colbert said.
» Tomlin on the Steelers' free-agent signings: "We've had some positive developments. Guys like Mike Mitchell and Cam Thomas are important to us."
Colbert added that Thomas was signed as defensive end but could see time at nose tackle.
» Colbert on trading back in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft: "It makes more sense in this draft than trading up. I'm sure everyone shares same thought."
The latest "Around The League Podcast" discussed DeSean Jackson trade talks, played running back roulette, and welcomed Lance Briggs into the studio.