Steelers should target Shonn Greene

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The Steelers need help at the running back (RB) position in a bad way.  That is why the Steelers should target Shonn Greene in free agency (FA).

Steelers General Manager (GM), Kevin Colbert described last years running game:

"It was indicative of the talent at the position.”

Ouch, that is some harsh (but true) analysis of the Steelers running back situation.  In addition to that, the Steelers will not sign previous first round pick and unrestricted free agent (UFA) Rashard Mendenhall to an extension and both Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman are restricted free agents (RFA).

To summarize:

  • The Steelers will lose starting running, Rashard Mendenhall in free agency.  This was a bust of a 1st round pick.
  • Backup running backs, Dwyer and Redman could also be lost but they did sign their RFA tenders
  • The Steelers should try to sign Shonn Greene of the New York Jets.

The Steelers have a lot of needs to fill in the upcoming 2013 draft.  Running back should be addressed in both FA and the draft via a mid round pick (Marcus Lattimore anybody?).

Shonn Greene could be a typical "low key" Steelers free agency signing and could start from day 1.   Here are some Shonn Greene stats:

New York Jets Shonn Greene

Position: Running Back (RB)
Height: 5'11

Weight: 226

Age: 27

Experience: 3  years

College: Iowa

Rushing Receiving
Year G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Rec Yds Y/R TD
2009 14 0 108 540 2 33 5.0
2010 15 2 185 766 2 23 4.1 16 120 7.5 0
2011 16 15 253 1054 6 31 4.2 30 211 7.0 0
2012 16 13 276 1063 8 36 3.9 19 151 7.9 0
Career 61 30 822 3423 18 36 4.2 65 482 7.4 0
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