PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan)- Post-Gazette Steelers Insider Ed Bouchette joined the Cook and Poni Show on Wednesday morning to discuss the latest on the Steelers including bringing in running back Maurice Jones-Drew for a visit.
“It’s kind of nuts,” Bouchette said. “It’s an overreaction to losing Starks.”
Bouchette said the Steelers were set to visit with Green Bay Packers running back James Starks on Monday but he chose to resign with the Packers for two years. Bouchette said he was a good solid RB and would have been a good fit to back up Le’Veon Bell but somehow that visit never took place.
“I don’t know if they know what they are doing right now with the RB position,” Bouchette said.
Bouchette says they need to sign a back up to Bell because they do not have a single running back that has gained a yard on the roster, but this move to bring in Jones-Drew is one from left field.
“I don’t know what they are doing with him here,” Bouchette said. “He is not a good fit at all. He is not going to be happy being a role player behind Bell.”
Bouchette said he thought the Steelers started out strong in off season moves with keeping Jason Worilds over Lamar Woodley. Also signing free agent Mike Mitchell, and getting Ike Taylor and Troy Polamalu to take pay cuts.
But then they let Al Woods slip through their fingers.
Bouchette said he is no Reggie White, but he is better than Cam Thomas who they signed.
Bouchette said that the Steelers bringing in wide receiver Lance Moore is a decoy to try and show Jerricho Cotchery that they will move on if he doesn’t sign with them.
“They want Cotchery back,” Bouchette said. “But he will be the fall back if Cotchery does go elsewhere.”
Bouchette also told the guys that there is real discussion and mutual interest between the Steelers and former linebacker James Harrison.
Listen to the full interview here: