The Pittsburgh Steelers entered the 2021 offseason without much room to operate financially. Despite that hurdle, they've managed to bring back big-name players like Ben Roethlisberger and JuJu Smith-Schuster on team-friendly deals.
But as a result, Pittsburgh will almost certainly have to wave goodbye to James Conner, the team's starting RB for the past three seasons. That would theoretically put Benny Snell in line to start.
However, a Steelers' beat writer, The Athletic's Mark Kaboly, doesn't see that happening, believing the team will continue to add talent at RB this offseason.
Reading the tea leaves here, that almost certainly points to Pittsburgh selecting a RB in the NFL Draft.
Pittsburgh only has about $3 million in remaining cap space, per Spotrac. While it's always possible to open up more room by restructuring or releasing players, making a big free-agent splash at RB just doesn't feel likely.
And there are plenty of talented backs available in the NFL Draft. The Steelers could use a first- or second-round selection on Najee Harris – a powerful runner who would mesh with Pittsburgh's hard-nosed culture.
Of course, someone like Travis Etienne could always be the pick, and there should be no shortage of talented backs available with a mid-round pick as well.
Whoever it ends up being, expect Pittsburgh to address RB in the 2021 NFL Draft.
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