5 free agent running backs Steelers should sign before camp

Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson #25. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson #25. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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D’Onta Foreman #45 of the Tennessee Titans (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

Despite the upgrades that the Steelers made at running back, adding a better backup up could go a long way in re-establishing this running game.

The Steelers went all-in on rebuilding their lacking run game this offseason. They drafted Najee Harris in the first round while also adding pieces to the line and at tight end to aid in blocking. While their hunt for a starting back is over, the team could still upgrade their depth chart at the position. Benny Snell, Kalen Ballage, and Anthony McFarland are all fine players in some regard, but none of them should be counted on long term.

Why the Steelers should add to this group

On paper, the Steelers don’t need a top backup running back. Harris will take over as the bell cow back, making the need for a dynamic backup less important. That said, running backs are a position that deals with injuries regularly due to the physical toll it takes on the player. As well, the team is set to field an elderly Ben Roethlisberger this season.

Big Ben can’t be relied on to throw forty times every game anymore. Having a capable stable of running backs could take the pressure off of the passing game. With all of that said, here are five free-agent running backs the Steelers should add before camp. Here are five names Pittsburgh should target at the running back position:

D’Onta Foreman

D’Onta Foreman came into the NFL with a lot of hype. The big back from Texas boasted great college production, good athleticism for his size, and starting potential down the road. Unfortunately, injuries kept him off the field and he quickly fell out of favor with the Texans, and he has since bounced around the league. He surfaced as the backup with the Titans last season, and despite a limited workload, he looked decent.

In terms of being an upgrade over what the team currently has, he isn’t much of one. That said, he has the potential to become a decent backup if given the proper chance. Considering he would likely be signed for the minimum contract; he wouldn’t cost the team much. In turn, a three-way battle for the backup spot could ensue. This will get the best out of everybody and ensure whoever is the backup is the best of the three options. He isn’t high profile, but he would be a worthy addition to the roster.