Report: Broncos Show Interest In Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall

On Saturday it was rumored that that Miami Dolphins might have interest in Pittsburgh Steelers soon-to-be unrestricted free agent running back Rashard Mendenhall and it appears that you can now add the Denver Broncos as a team that has interest.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports on Sunday that the Steelers former first round draft pick has drawn interest from the Broncos, but the level of interest is difficult to gauge.

As Klis points out, Mendenhall would makes sense for the Broncos because he is prertty much the same type of running back that Denver needs should Willis McGahee wind up being jettisoned. McGahee is still under contract for 2013, but his age, and the fact that he is coming off a season-ending leg injury, is a concern moving forward.

Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno, who is also under contract for 2013, had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee since the end of the season and many feel that he might ultimately be released.

The Broncos also drafted running back Ronnie Hillman last April, but many feel that he might end up being a compliment back and not a three down back long-term.

It will not be surprising to hear the name of Mendenhall associated with a few more teams prior to the start of the free agency signing period that begins on Tuesday evening. Mendenhall would welcome a change of scenery and there is bound to be a team willing to pay him enough to make that a reality.

  • Bob Francis

    It seems like the right move to let Mendy go, but I hope it doesn’t bit us in the ass later on. It leaves the team without an every down back who is the full package. Signing a RB in free agency better than Mendy won’t happen, so I hope we use a draft pick on a game-changer, maybe as early as Round 2. We need playmakers on offense, and I wouldn’t mind the first 3 rounds being WR-RB-TE in some order.

  • Steelers32

    take him with a side order of Wallace to go

  • JohnnyV1

    Good! I hope lots of teams show interest and he gets a hug payday (probably won’t) and starts all 16 games (probably won’t) so we get a 3rd Rd pick in 2014. This guy is odd, like Ricky WIlliams was, until Ricky, laying in a tent in India realized that his time to earn money in the NFL is a short window and he came back to play decent football for a few years. Let that be a lesson to you Rashard! Either way, he’s no longer our problem. Skipping the game b/c coach told you that you were deactivated. And you get paid how much each week for 17 weeks, and all you gotta do is how up? All of us with a real job would love something like that. JERK!

  • John Wallace

    I think working with Peyton Manning could potentially turn Mendenhall’s career around. It sucks he didn’t work out in Pittsburgh. I remember being absolutely estatic when he was drafted.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    That would be ideal for us if Mendenhall plays for the Broncos, it will level the playing field. Otherwise we have no chance of beating them.

  • Nolrog

    Can’t worry about that. It didn’t work out with the Steelers. If he rights himself now, then maybe seeing the Steelers let him go may have done it.

  • CrRe

    I really think Mendehall can be awesome in a zone scheme. But it really doesn’t matter not only since both Mendenhall and Steelers seem ready to move on, but simply because of their sucky cap issues. It would have been nice to sign Mendenhall to a average two year deal. I am over the same cap strapped off-seasons!!

  • Clint Martin

    LMAO Good one he will dance behind the O-line

  • steeltown

    Ha! Agreed.

    Look I love that Mendy is outspoken and actually pretty intelligent, but since his monster season in ’10 he has been bothersome.. and that whole NOT showing up on game day and then saying “I didnt know I had to be there” is #%@ing ridiculous

  • SteelSpine

    That reminds me I remember when he was drafted I said Steeler fans are gonna love him, a good-sized back who can turn the corner. So I don’t blame Steelers for drafting him. I think he turned out to be another Tim Worley: similar size & speed & draft position, then couldn’t rely on either of them, certainly not enough to justify the 1st-round pick. Hindsight is 20-20.