The Pittsburgh Steelers search for a running back continues as the NFL Draft approaches.
But instead of targeting a back in the draft, they could still elect to plug the hole with a stop gap for the time being.
The name most common with the Steelers running back situation is former New York Giants back Ahmad Bradshaw and after a first visit to the Steelers a couple of weeks ago, it looks as if Bradshaw is on the Steelers radar once again.
Bradshaw will be back in Pittsburgh, as NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Steelers plan to bring the free-agent running back in for a second visit prior to the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Steelers want to check in on the status of Bradshaw’s surgically repaired right foot, according to a source informed of the team’s plans. If everything checks out, the team will make an attempt to sign the running back.
Bradshaw took a physical two weeks ago when he was in town and all reports said that the Steelers were interested and would revisit the idea of signing the Marshall product in the future.
It looks like that future could be very soon.
The Green Bay Packers were also rumored to be in on Bradshaw, but the biggest competition could be from a division rival.
ProFootballTalk.com reported Wednesday that the Cincinnati Bengals have also expressed interest in Bradshaw and a visit could happen in the next two weeks.
This makes sense for the Bengals to not only add another potential productive back to their roster, but to also keep Bradshaw away from the Steelers. Cincinnati has a ton of cap room, while the Steelers face the issue of being only $1.9 million under the cap, so if money comes into play the Steelers could be facing an uphill battle.
However it’s all a moot point if Bradshaw can’t show that he is healthy.
Judging by his career to date, that’s a big if.