3 running backs the Steelers should consider trading for this year

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With a need in their offensive backfield, who are some of the running backs from around the NFL that the Pittsburgh Steelers could try to make a deal for?

Running the football hasn’t exactly been an offensive strength for the Pittsburgh Steelers during the last two seasons. In 2018, the Steelers ranked 24th in the NFL in yards per carry and last season, their ranking dropped to 30th.

The absence of Le’Veon Bell has certainly played a large part in Pittsburgh’s lack of success in running the ball during the last two years. James Conner dealing with injuries during this time period definitely hasn’t helped the Steelers’ rushing attack either.

There are a number of ways Pittsburgh can try to fix this problem with their offense during the next few months.

The Steelers can attempt to add a veteran running back who is still a free agent (Devonta Freeman, Lamar Miller, Carlos Hyde). But any deal would have to be fairly cheap since Pittsburgh currently only has around $7 million in cap space.

The Steelers can also look to the upcoming NFL Draft to add a new running back. However, their first selection doesn’t come until the second round and they might not be interested in the backs left on the board when it comes time for them to make their first pick.

So that leaves the third option which involves Pittsburgh making a trade for running back. There are a few guys who could potentially be on the market right now, so let’s see if any would be worth the Steelers attempting to make a deal for?