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Free agency still a priority for Steelers

3/23/2014

The NFL owners meetings take center stage this week but the Steelers are keeping their eye on free agency even though the general manager Kevin Colbert and coach Mike Tomlin are among those from the organization in Orlando, Fla.

Colbert and Tomlin met with a small group of Pittsburgh reporters on Sunday, and each said they are confident the Steelers will be able to holes on the roster via free agency.

Colbert, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, said former Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount will visit the Steelers on Friday so he can meet with Tomlin.

Blount had initially been scheduled to visit the Steeelers on Monday.

Tomlin, meanwhile, said the Steelers are “open” to signing former Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who visited Pittsburgh last week.

“We need to add quality depth to that position,” Tomlin said, according to the Post-Gazette. “Le’Veon Bell is a talented player but also a young player.”

Running back is among the positions in which the Steelers are thin. They also have openings at linebacker and they will host former Bills linebacker Arthur Moats on Monday, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

They are also keeping their options open when it comes to bringing back outside linebacker James Harrison, per both Pittsburgh newspapers.

But it doesn’t sound like the Steelers are in any hurry to get something done with Harrison, who was recently released by the Bengals after one season in Cincinnati.

“We’re right on schedule,” Colbert said in regard to free agency, according to the Tribune-Review.