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Steelers should target Shonn Greene

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

Steelers Trim Roster

The Pittsburgh Steelers completed their roster cut on Friday, September 4th 2009.   Unlike previous years, the Steelers surprised they're fans by a few shocking roster cuts.  The only two players cut from this past April's draft include Ra'Shon "Sonny" Harris and local standout center A.Q Shipley.  Although a few players including Shipley and Harris are cut, that is not an indication that the two will not become valuable members of the Pittsburgh Steelers squad even this year.  However, there is no guarantee these players will clear waivers.  The Steelers are very deep this year and one must assume that several other teams are eyeing the Steelers roster cuts.

And now for a list of the Steelers more surprising roster cuts:

1) Isaac Redman - The undrafted free agent from Bowie State was a standout during training camp and preseason particularly in the redzone drills.   Isaac Redman was expected to make the 53 man roster and take over for short yardage and goaline duties in replacement of Gary Russell.  Unexpectedly, Redman was cut in favor of another rookie, Frank "The Tank" Summers, a 5th round pick from UCLA.Isaac Redman

2) Donovan Woods - A solid special teams player, Woods was in the progress of learning both inside and outside linebacker positions.  Last year, he proved to be a proven commodity on special teams.  This year, as well as last, Woods has looked like an up and coming player stuck behind the depth of the Steelers linebacking corp.  With Woods' success in special teams, and his position flexibility, his cut seems a bit shocking.

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3) Jason Capizzi - Another local favorite, Capizzi was cut.  The 6-9, 325+ pound tackle had high hopes of making the team this year.  Capizzi showed position flexibility playing both left and right tackle.

4) Carey Davis - The starting fullback and special teams ace, Davis is one of the most surprising cuts.  Davis' special team's duties are expected to be replaced by Frank Summers.   The signing of Summers is mostly due to him saving two roster spots.  He can play fullback and be the short yardage back that the Steelers desperately need.

5)  Bruce Davis - The second year outside linebacker from UCLA is one of the most disappointing cuts.  He was expected to make significant strides in his second year but his play hasn't progressed to the liking of Coach Tomlin and company.  Davis has also struggled on special teams which normally spells doom for a young player on a deep Steelers team.  Patrick Bailey, linebacker and special teams player of sthe year,  received the roster spot in replacement of Davis.

6) Anthony Madison - Another special teams standout, Madison was a victim of the two impressive rookie cornerbacks, Keenan Lewis and Joe Burnett.  Lewis and Burnett provide the Steelers a mechanism to get younger in the defensive backfield.  Both players proved their worth during training camp and in the preseason.

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