After ranking 26th in the NFL in rushing in 2012, the Pittsburgh Steelers are looking for ways to improve on their stalled ground attack. It has been reported that the Steelers are interested in free agent running back Beanie Wells. After being released by the Arizona Cardinals yesterday, Wells is looking for a new place to call home.
Wells has battled injuries in his first four years in the NFL. Most recently, Wells was sidelined last season with turf toe, but still managed to score five touchdowns. Wells’ most productive season was in 2011, when he rushed for 1,047 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The Steelers aren’t the only ones vying for Wells’ services. The AFC North rival Cincinnati Bengals are also said to be in the hunt for the four-year pro.
With the almost-certain release of running back Rashard Mendenhall, the Steelers could definitely use the depth in the backfield. Last season, Pittsburgh’s stable of running backs was decimated by injuries and inconsistent play.
In addition to adding depth, Wells could bring some more youth to the offensive side of the ball as well. The 24-year-old running back could be just what the Steelers need to go along with their young and talented offensive line, which is led by three-time Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey.
It looks like Pittsburgh is wasting no time in getting things done at the early juncture of the free agency period.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google