Dec 1, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis (89) catches a touchdown from Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency: Pittsburgh Steelers Reportedly Still Talking To Maurice Jones-Drew


Dec 22, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) runs with the ball as Tennessee Titans defends during the second half at EverBank Field. Tennessee Titans defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-16. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


It’s no secret that the Pittsburgh Steelers have been in search for an experienced running back on two to pair with last year’s rookie standout Le’Veon Bell.

The team has already had former Jacksonville Jaguars back Maurice Jones-Drew in for a visit and are set to meet with New England Patriots back LeGarrette Blount on Friday.

But while Jones-Drew came and left without a contract, that doesn’t mean the Steelers have given up on the idea of signing him.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Steelers remain in contact with MJD.

However. La Canfora also notes that the team is not interested in him at his current $3.5 million asking price.

There’s also a report from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News confirms the Steelers interest. He wrote the Steelers are one of four teams interested in MJD, along with the Jets, Patriots and Dolphins. Mehta also wrote, on Monday, earlier reports that Jones-Drew was seeking $3.5 million a season are false.

Jones-Drew is likely just waiting on the market to develop.

With Blount and Knowshon Moreno still available, he could be willing to be patient until some team offers him a salary in the $3 million range, something the Steelers will be unlikely to do.

MJD is just a couple years removed as being considered one of the best backs in the NFL, coming off a season in which he rushed for 1,606 yards in 2011.

At the end of the day though, while it would be nice to see an accomplished back like Jones-Drew in black and gold, if his price doesn’t come down dramatically, I wouldn’t expect a deal to get done.

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  • Carl Eagan

    Bell a rookie standout? Did he play in games no one else saw? In the future Bell may very well be a better than average back but so far the reality is he hasn’t done so yet. The Steeler’s are interested in MJD because he is basically at the end of his career and may have a season left but not at his level of years ago. Doesn’t matter that a few years ago he was one of the best running backs take too much of a pounding to stay at that level for very long. Both Moreno are younger and better but thats just it isn’t it? Either Moreno or Blount could be talented enough and work hard enough to be the starter and Tomlin’s ego would never allow that.