The Pittsburgh Steelers have endured quite a few losses so far this off-season, and it looks like they are trying everything they can to fill those voids. It’s been reported that the Steelers are currently looking at a running back and a pass rusher to replace the departed Rashard Mendenhall and James Harrison.
Running back Ahmad Bradshaw and defensive end Elvis Dumervil are both free agents that are rumored to be in Pittsburgh’s scope. Bradshaw spent the first six years of his career with the New York Giants, and was hampered with a foot injury this past season. Dumervil, who was recently released by the Denver Broncos, is now probably the hottest free agent that is currently on the market.
Bradshaw more than likely wouldn’t be the answer as the Steelers’ feature running back, but could be a great addition to their backfield along with Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer.
Pittsburgh’s pass rush could definitely use the services of Dumervil. The six-year veteran has averaged more than 10 sacks in each of his six seasons in the league. The only question I have is how he would fair in the Steelers’ 3-4 defensive scheme, considering he played in a 4-3 scheme in Denver.
Regardless of durability and the ability to adjust to another game plan, I can’t see how Pittsburgh could even think of pursuing Bradshaw or Dumervil. Don’t get me wrong, both would be great additions and could help this team tremendously. However, looking at their financial status, I don’t think that there is a way that they could pull a rabbit out of their hat and come to an agreement with either one of these players.
The Steelers will have a bad enough time trying to match the offer that the New England Patriots presented wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
I definitely applaud Pittsburgh’s tenacity, and efforts to aim high. But let’s get real, the Steelers just need to concentrate on making the best of the very little that they have and stop living in a dreamland.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google