Found March 28, 2013 on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:
The Pittsburgh Steelers have been rumored to have interest in multiple free agents this off-season including some big names players including Elvis Dumervil and Dwight Freeney. They have also met with many other free agents who are looking for a change of scenery or a chance to start. Such players include former-Cowboys Dan Connor and Victor Butler. Today the Steelers will meet with two more free agents who are looking for another chance in the NFL when they visit with former-Giants’ running back Ahmad Bradshaw and former-Cardinals safety James Sanders. Bradshaw is looking for a chance to start and the Steelers could off him a chance to, at least, compete for the starting job. Bradshaw may fit the Steelers new zone blocking scheme better than the backs currently on the roster, but knee and foot injuries have plagued him during his NFL career. Sanders is a 29 year old safety who has spent his career as a back-up safety and special teams player. Sanders has played eight seasons in the NFL with the New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons and Arizona Cardinals. Currently the Steelers possess very little depth at safety and could look to a player like Sanders to add some veteran depth behind Polamalu and Ryan Clark. The Steelers didn’t show any known interest in bringing back safeties Will Allen or Ryan Mundy. Mundy signed with the New York Giants earlier in free agency and this week Allen left the Steelers to join the Dallas Cowboys. Allen started eight games during the 2012 season in place of an injured Troy Polamalu and played very well in his absence. Butler, who the Steelers met with earlier this off-season, has shown promise at outside linebacker and was considered a potential option for the Steelers to bring in to compete for the spot vacated by James Harrison. Butler, however, has signed with the New Orleans Saints and leaves the Steelers with even fewer options for free agent outside linebackers. Historically the Steelers have made low-key signings during free agency and that will be the case again in 2013 at this point. The most high profile player the Steelers may sign at this point is Bradshaw who would compete with Jonathan Dwyer for the Steelers starting running back spot. The biggest part of Bradshaw’s visit with the Steelers will be his physical as there are still concerns with his foot, which he had off-season surgery on. Sanders is another player the Steelers could sign and would fit the bill for the type of player the team typically looks at in free agency. If they do sign Sanders and Bradshaw they will put themselves in a less likely position to match an offer to restricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders if another team signs him to an offer sheet. The Patriots have shown interest in Sanders and could wait for the Steelers to have less cap space before offering him a deal. In that case the Steelers would be very hard pressed to match a deal and would find themselves with even less depth at receiver.  

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