As a sports fan, it is hard to accept when your team is losing its’ best player, Now picture how Steelers fans will feel when they lose two of their top talents. That is exactly what is set to happen in the 2019 NFL offseason, with world class running back Le”Veon Bell and All-Star Antonio Brown are set to find themselves new teams before the start of next season.
Each player has had different problems with the organization, but with the pair accounting for over 15,000+ yards from scrimmage, their production on the field might be difficult to replace. Here is a look at three players the Steelers have a shot at, which would help fill in for the holes soon to be left by Bell and Brown.
The Jaguars looks like they are ready and willing to shake up the backfield options in Jacksonville, allowing 25 year old T.J. Yeldon to start fresh elsewhere. Yeldon has shown streaks of production over his four season career, rushing for 1,872 yards and six TDs. Yeldon has averaged 4.0 yards per carry for his career, and would be a solid, physical addition at the running back position.
With JuJu Smith-Schuster having a breakout year last season, the Steelers might not have to consider replacing Antonio Brown with another downfield deep threat. Instead, Pittsburgh may choose to pursue the nine year veteran Golden Tate. Tate has 7,214 yards and 38 TDs in his career, including three seasons with 1,000+ receiving yards. Tate would offer a threat between the lines for Big Ben, with the 5’10 wide out being known for his elusive route running. Tate has the ability to replace at least some of the production that will leave with Antonio Brown.
The ideal signing for the Steelers looks to be wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. Sanders spend his first four seasons in the NFL with Pittsburgh, and was highly successful while playing for the Steelers early in his career. In the five seasons since leaving Pittsburgh, Sanders has registered three seasons with 1,000+ receiving yards, and could be set to make a spectacular return to Pittsburgh this offseason to replace Antonio Brown.