6 free agents that may follow Brian Flores to the Steelers
By Andrew Falce
Steelers may sign Johnson
While many think the Steelers should just ignore the running back position this offseason due to Najee Harris being the go-to guy, there are a slew of reasons this team needs a capable back behind him. Harris touched the ball 381 times as a rookie, which has already put a lot of wear on his body. Finding someone to spell him would be a welcome addition.
Duke Johnson may just fit that bill, as the former Dolphins back will likely be looking for a new home again this offseason. While he has proven to be a mediocre starter, he is the quintessential backup for Harris. He can still catch the ball out of the backfield (that is what he excels at) but can add some juice as a runner, as his agility consistently makes defenders miss.
His contract will likely float somewhere around the minimum next season, and for that price, the team needs to be all over him. He can step in occasionally on drives to give Harris some rest and lower his total touches. Johnson has a complete skill set for a backup and would instantly be the second-best player at the position. He was fine as a reserve with Flores last year and may opt to join him again.