Former Jacksonville Jaguars star running back Maurice Jones-Drew met with Steelers officials today for a free agency visit and will be back again on Thursday meeting with the Steelers for the second straight day, Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports.
The Steelers interest in Jones-Drew is said to be serious but money talks at the end of the day, even in a depressed running back market. Pittsburgh has just $2.2 million in cap space. The team gains an additional $8 million in cap space on June 2 due to the June 1 designation release of LaMarr Woodley.
A deal is not considered imminent between the Steelers and Jones-Drew.
On the receiver front, wide receiver Lance Moore also met with the Steelers today and left without a contract. It’s not believed he will meet with the Steelers again on Thursday.
The Steelers remain in talks with Jerricho Cotchery who is their first choice to sign at wide receiver. Cotchery is also in discussions with the Carolina Panthers and has not ruled out making one more visit this week with an interested team, before he makes a decision on where to sign, a league source says.
The Steelers seek a No. 3 type receiver who could step into a No. 2 role if needed. The team had shown interest in James Jones who signed with Oakland and expressed interest in bringing Mario Manningham in for a visit, prior to Manningham signing with the New York Giants yesterday.