Steelers Reportedly Still Open To Signing Jaguars Free Agent RB Maurice Jones-Drew

The Pittsburgh Steelers had Jacksonville Jaguars free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew in for a visit last week and while he left town unsigned, there still seems to be some optimism within the organization that he might ultimately be the one that backs up starter Le’Veon Bell in 2014.

According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Sunday from the NFL owners’ meetings in Orlando, FL that he “felt good” about the recent meeting they had with Jones-Drew and also let it be known that they’re still “open” to possibly signing him.

“I felt good about (the meeting with Jones-Drew),” said Tomlin. “We are open to it. I’ll stop short of saying ‘have to,’ but we need to add quality depth to that position, whether it’s through free agency or the draft. Le’Veon Bell is a talented player but a young player. It would be good to get a been-there, done-that type of guy in the room to maybe help him with growth and development. But I don’t view it as a necessity, quite honestly, because Le’Veon is a very grounded and humble young man and is open to getting better, and is a good listener.”

After Jones-Drew left Pittsburgh, it was reported that the longtime Jaguars running back was looking to get paid roughly $3.5 million a season. If indeed that asking place is correct, one would think he’d have to lower it considerably if the Steelers were to sign him.

The Steelers are not waiting for Jones-Drew, however, as they already have a visit set up next week with New England Patriots free agent running back LeGarrette Blount.

Prior to Jones-Drew visiting, the Steelers reportedly had a visit scheduled with Green Bay Packers running back James Starks, prior to him re-signing with his current team.

The Steelers currently have three other running backs other than Bell under contract for 2014, but none of them have NFL game experience.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    MJD did say he wanted to look around before he made a decision, maybe he does end up with us

  • 412 Central

    I want Blount!

  • Steve

    With the 3.5 mil per year Jones Drew will be looking elseware, that’s too rich for our blood for a backup RB.

  • Arthur Branch

    Bell a good listener, never heard that about Mendenhal.

  • steelster

    MJD has taken a pounding the past few years. Would like a younger back.

  • gene mann

    The Steelers need a Backup Rb and Think MJD will decide it will not be bad being a Backup with the Steelers.I also like Blount and think we have someone before April

  • Tom

    My current assumption is that Blount and MJD want more $$, than the Steelers can/will pay. That seems to be a common theme this off season….though they were seemingly pretty generous with Cam Thomas and Mike Mitchell.

    I am bracing myself for a Beanie Wells signing….at vet minimum.

  • Will Hammer

    I doubt it .. Mitchell was good sign for the money .. I look them to sigh LSH in june if he’s healthy

  • Tom

    Mitchell very well may be a good signing. I don’t question that. However, I think it is fair to say that the amount was a bit surprising given his limited resume..

  • tim

    Id give him a 2 year….not at $3mil+ /yr though…maybe half, little more than that..