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Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com tweeted that former Green Bay Packers running back Ryan Grant worked out for the Chicago Bears Tuesday.
Grant is still good enough to get looks now, but the Steelers didn't pursue free-agent running backs like Grant because they figured Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer could do the job until Rashard Mendenhall came back.
After Redman's 121-yard performance in the playoff loss at Denver, it was tempting to think that he could even win the starting job in Mendenhall's absence.
Now, we might be seeing why Redman went undrafted in 2009 and Dwyer was passed over until the sixth round in 2010.
They've combined for 142 yards in three games and both are averaging less than three yards per carry.
Grant, 29, ran for more than 1,200 yards in 2008 and 2009, then missed most of 2010 with an ankle injury.
He returned last season and came on strong at the end of the year, gaining 276 yards on 50 carries in the last five games, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Mendenhall, who had offseason ACL surgery, has been practicing regularly and could return soon, according to the Associated Press via SI.com.
Even if Mendenhall comes back better than ever, the Steelers might be better than 1-2 now if they had a better running back to keep the seat warm for him. They carried the ball 20 times for just 54 yards in Oakland, according to NFL.com.
Instead of Grant, the Packers have Cedric Benson, who has had a history of fumbling the ball. They signed him to a one-year contract worth $825,000, according to Rotoworld.
The Steelers found room under the salary cap to make Leonard Pope their centerpiece free-agent signing. They're paying him $725,000 this season.
Since he's still unsigned, Grant's asking price heading into the season couldn't have been much more than that. Considering Pope's role, that money would have been better spent on a running back like Grant.