Denver Broncos unrestricted free agent running back Knowshon Moreno had a breakout season last year, but so far during the signing period, it appears as though most teams think it was an aberration of sorts and that he’s certainly not starter material.
Moreno registered nearly 1,600 yards from scrimmage in 2013 and that included a career-high 60 receptions for 548 yards. Being as the Steelers could really use a change of pace running back to go along with starter Le’Veon Bell, you have to wonder at some point if they might want to kick his tires.
Currently, the only running backs outside of Bell that are under contract with the Steelers are Alvester Alexander, Miguel Maysonet and Tauren Poole, and all three have yet to play a game in the NFL.
The Steelers are going to have to address their depth issues at the running back position at some point if they decide not to re-sign unrestricted free agents Felix Jones and LaRod Stephens-Howling. Sure, like many of you, I suspect they might draft a running back in the later rounds, but they’ll need more that.
For the last few years, running backs really have been the losers during the free agent signing period and it is continuing this year. Yes, there’s the occasional Rashad Jennings, who appears to be the lottery winner this offseason, but now that we are entering the first weekend in free agency, the big contracts have likely all been handed out to the running backs.
So, if Moreno is not your choice to back up Bell, have a look at this ESPN filtered list of available free agent running backs and let me know which one you think the Steelers should target. They have to sign one of these players, right?