Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/16/14
The Pittsburgh Steelers leading rusher of last year is no longer a part of the team. The Steelers cut ties with running back Jonathan Dwyer as the on going saga of the Steelers backfield continues to throw us curve balls. Dwyer lead the team last season in rushing, lost a significant amount of weight during the offseason and was seen a lot during this years preseason. It was really looking as if he was going to play a significant role for the team. This is evidently not the case. According to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review it wasn’t the coaches who wanted Dwyer gone. It looks like it was more of the front offices call to cut Dwyer. The Steelers gave Dwyer a $1.3 million dollar restricted free agent tag and this apparently played a part in Dwyer’s release. Dwyer wasn’t the best back the Steelers have ever had but was solid during his time in the steel city. However, not solid enough to spend $1.3 million on. It gets interesting when you bring Isaac Redman into the picture. Redman was signed to a similar deal, was not the leading rusher last season and barely saw the field during the preseason. So why not let him go and keep Dwyer? That’s a good question that I wish I knew the answer to. The Steelers must think that Redman is worth the money while Dwyer is not. Redman will be the starter come Sunday. The running back situation in Pittsburgh has been all over the place this offseason. The rookie Le’Veon Bell was supposed to be the answer to the inconstant backfield woes, but that got thrown for a loop when he suffered a foot injury during the second game of the preseason. Bell is aiming to return in week 2 but that’s probably a best case scenario. The Steelers went out and traded for running back Felix Jones as well. Jones is another back to add depth and hopefully pick up some slack while Bell recovers. The team also has the change-of-pace back, LaRod Stephens-Howling who could make a difference if he can play at a high level. None of these backs are consistent and neither was Dwyer. The answer to his release isn’t crystal clear just yet but it would appear that the almighty dollar played a key role. Dwyer wasn’t claimed off waivers and it’s been reported that he’s scheduling workouts with other teams. On an interesting note, a Baltimore Sun reporter tweeted the news on Dwyer scheduling workouts. Could the arch-divisional-rivals, the Baltimore Ravens be after Dwyer? We can only speculate but it’s not out of the question. The spotlight will be on the Steelers running backs this season. Fingers crossed that these running backs can gel and the team can have an accomplished running game.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

The NBA needs to leave 'hack-a-whoever' rules alone

Top Rank threatens to sue over Mayweather-Pacquiao piracy

Titans already tailoring offense to suit Mariota's strengths

Pettine: Manziel isn't favorite for Browns' starting QB job

Randy Gregory denies 'weed problem,' says he's immature

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jameis Winston wants Bucs to sign LSU OT La'El Collins

Chris Bosh on blood clot diagnosis: ‘I’m lucky to be alive’

Eagles coach Chip Kelly made a mess at quarterback

Report: Bulls management anxious to fire Tom Thibodeau

Teammate: Zach Mettenberger sees himself as Titans starter

Maybe Austin Rivers is good at basketball

Making sense of the AL East pile-up

Brandon Prust sorry for saying referee ‘tries to play God’

Ron Roenicke and the career afterlives of fired managers

Knicks announcer's MVP ballot had Curry behind Marc Gasol

Edelman mocks Belichick in Cinco de Mayo tweet

Projecting the 2015 MLB All-Star Game rosters after April

Tiger hasn't slept in three days since Lindsey Vonn breakup

David Blatt: ‘No excuses’ for Cavaliers’ Game 1 loss to Bulls

The 2015 NBA Draft big board, first edition

What’s next for the San Antonio Spurs?

Five players on the block after the NFL Draft

Five overhyped NFL Draft storylines that didn't play out

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Making sense of the AL East pile-up

Chris Bosh on blood clot diagnosis: ‘I’m lucky to be alive’

Projecting the All-Star Game rosters

Eagles coach Chip Kelly made a mess at quarterback

Tiger hasn't slept in three days since Lindsey Vonn breakup

2015 NBA Draft big board, first edition

Eliminate Hack-A-Player: Don't reward violating sports rules

No easy solution to the problem of early NFL draft entrants

What’s next for the Spurs?

Cauley-Stein changes middle name to 'Trill'

NFL has Los Angeles Rams webpage

10 undrafted free agents to watch

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.