It will be interesting to see how Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin handles the situation with disgruntled running back LeGarrette Blount moving forward into the bye week, but due to lack of depth currently on the roster, I will be surprised if Blount is waived.
While several of you are wanting the Steelers to replace Blount with Ben Tate, who was waived Tuesday by the Cleveland Browns, you might should know that like Blount, he was also unhappy with the lack of carries that he was getting.
Do you really want to replace one bad apple with another one?
The Browns were able to get rid of their bad apple thanks to the emergence of running backs Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West. As for the Steelers, they would be left with Dri Archer backing up starter Le’Veon Bell if they were to waive Blount.
The Steelers do have running back Josh Harris currently on their practice squad, but like Archer, he is also a rookie. If they waive Blount, that might be their best option.
The pickings are very slim right now when it comes to unsigned running backs. Sure, Cedric Benson wants one more shot, but he is a 31-years-old. BenJarvus Green-Ellis is still out there, but he was still trying to overcome a hip injury the last I heard.
Keep in mind that the Indianapolis Colts are also currently looking for another running back now that they’ve lost Ahmad Bradshaw to an injury. They might have to sign Tate out of necessity as there’s just not much out there on the street.