Steelers GM Kevin Colbert Answers Question On Potential Leonard Fournette Signing

Colbert joined The Fan Morning Show Wednesday morning
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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- On Monday morning, the Jacksonville Jaguars released their starting running back and former 4th overall pick, Leonard Fournette. He is coming off a season in which he ran for 1,152 yards and 3 touchdowns while also catching 76 passes out of the backfield.

Of course, when a big name hits the free agent market, there are speculations abound as to what team or teams need him and could land him for the upcoming season. If you search around enough, you can find plenty of outlets, including 93.7 The Fan’s own afternoon show The PM Team, that think Fournette would be a great fit for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert joined The Fan Morning Show with Colin Dunlap and Chris Mack on Wednesday and was asked directly about Fournette and whether the Steelers will pursue him.

“We always will be aware of who’s available and our own cap situation in 2020 and then 2021 and beyond. We’re never going to lose sight of the long term while trying to win in the short term. That’s a different challenge this year with the COVID affecting revenues. We know that the salary cap next year can go no lower than $175 [million]. But nobody knows where it goes in the future.

So we know what we’re dealing with in 2020 and we also know we’re pretty tight against the cap right now. We will always look at every individual that’s available. Can you add a player and subtract a player and still be within your cap restrictions? Those are the discussions we have pretty much on a daily basis.”

Colbert did express a confidence in the running back room in totality, but doesn’t know how the playing time will shake out quite yet.

“First, having the opportunity to have James Conner back in the fold, you know James is a Pro Bowl caliber runner. Unfortunately, he had a couple injuries last year that held him back. But when you have him in that group, and really the remainder of the group has NFL experience except Anthony McFarland, of course. Anthony was our fourth round pick and he’s done some things that gets you a little excited.

So putting him in the mix with a room full of veteran NFL runners, we feel good about the position. Who plays where and when, only time will tell. The hardest thing about not having preseason football is trying to figure out that rotation in a real football setting.”