4 free agent running backs Steelers must sign before camp

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With training camp just around the corner for the Steelers, any of these four free-agent running backs would be sensible additions to help bolster the depth chart.

It is no secret that the Steelers have one of the weakest running back depth charts in the NFL right now. While Najee Harris should be a star this season, there is little in terms of a backup plan behind him. Considering the fact that the offense is seemingly being built around the run, not having any capable depth to rotate in with Harris or to be counted on to replace him in case of injury seems like a mistake.

Here are four free-agent running backs the Steelers could add to bolster their depth chart.

Steelers could add Barber

The least impressive name on this list, Peyton Barber would represent an upgrade in competition as opposed to him instantly earning a spot on the depth chart. While the former Buccaneer almost put together a 1000 total yard season in 2018, most of his play has been mediocre.

What he does offer is a good power option in a scheme that favors that style of running. Barber won’t be breaking off huge runs or catching a ton of passes every year. What he will do though is pick up the tough yards in a pinch and even find the end zone on occasion. He isn’t a great option, but he could work in this scheme.

The real reason to bring him in is that signing him should get more out of current backup Benny Snell. He and Barber are similar backs, as neither are big-play threats and rely on power to get any yards. Snell has virtually no competition right now though, so Barber could be some insurance to push this current depth chart in order to find a better backup for Harris.