The Jacksonville Jaguars are reportedly listening to trade offers for running back Leonard Fournette and the Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the favorites to land him.
Currently, it appears that the Pittsburgh Steelers will be giving James Conner another shot to be their top running back in 2020. However, the Steelers could still be looking to upgrade their offensive backfield before next season and it could result in them drafting or trading for a new running back.
One guy who Pittsburgh could possibly attempt to acquire in a trade is current Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette.
Recent reports have come out that the Jaguars are listening to trade offers for their top running back and he might not be on their roster for the upcoming season. With this news, SportsLine released their odds on Monday for which teams have the best shot at acquiring Fournette and the Steelers were among those included.
At +750, SportsLine has Pittsburgh with the fourth-best odds to land the Jacksonville running back this year. The Detroit Lions (+600), Miami Dolphins (+400), and Buffalo Bills (+300) are the only other teams that have better odds than the Steelers.
While Pittsburgh might be viewed as one of the top landing spots for Fournette, they don’t have a lot of assets to offer the Jaguars in return for the running back.
With only six picks in this year’s NFL Draft, including none in the first round, the Steelers might not think it’s the greatest idea in the world to give up one of their selections for a guy who could potentially be off their roster after just one season.
While Fournette would be an upgrade in their offensive backfield, Pittsburgh does still have Conner as an option to fall back on for 2020. If he can manage to stay healthy for the majority of next season, then the Steelers won’t have to worry about finding a new running back for a while.
So the need to acquire a new weapon for their rushing attack isn’t as great for Pittsburgh as it might be for some other teams around the league. But if the Steelers can figure out a way to acquire Fournette without extremely limiting their ability to add more talent in the upcoming draft, then it’s something they should at least pursue.