- The Pittsburgh is in need of a running back to back up Le'Veon Bell.
- The Steelers are also in need of salary cap space.
Absent a long-term deal with transition player Jason Worilds or an extension of Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers face a dilemma. Put all of their faith in filling needs in the 2014 NFL Draft – a dubious proposition or restructure contracts to gain cap space.
- But it doesn’t have to be this way. The Steelers have a viable option at running back.
- Who is this overlooked four leave clover?
- Yes, Redman, the same player who went from Steelers Nation cult hero to “what have you done for me lately.”
Jim Wexell reported “Even at practice last week Redman stumbled in the open field and fell down proving that he's clearly not the runner he was two years ago.”
Well, no, Jim, that doesn’t prove that Redman wasn’t the runner he was two years ago. The “two year” reference is the fact that Redman could not seize the starting job down the stretch in 2012. No he did not. But that misses the point. Not to beat a dead horse, but....
- The 2012 Steelers running game went the way of Willie Colon.
- If Redman can be let off the hook for 2012, he was clearly in a funk in 2013.
And these numbers reveal a quality NFL back up running back, not too dissimilar for those of James Starks, a player the Steelers considered signing (or at least player whose agent convinced the Pittsburgh press crops that the Steelers were interested in.)
- A superficial analysis of the graphic above might conclude that Redman’s only extended time as a starter revealed his limits as rusher.
But even if Redman’s stats from 2012 paint more accurate rendering of his rushing ability, consider how they stack up against these numbers: 381 and 127. Those would be the rushing and receiving totals of Jonathan Dwyer and Felix Jones from 2013.
- That’s the combined total of both players.
But his past performance more than suggests that he’s worthy of a veteran minimum deal. The Steelers owe it to themselves to give Isaac Redman a second chance.