Major Pittsburgh Steelers Player Could Leave

Bob MarleyCorrespondent IApril 8, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  Running back Willie Parker #39 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts against the Arizona Cardinals during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Steelers won 27-23.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Steelers organization is known for their drafting ability in which they pick the best player on the board, and let the veteran players from that position walk in free agency.

The Steelers drafted Rashard Mendenhall in 2008 with their first round pick to fill the void of the power back. Around that time, the Steelers picked up Mewelde Moore, who was a fairly unknown elusive running back from Minnesota.

Historically, the Steelers prefer to have a power back as their feature back. With that being said, Willie Parker has one year left on his contract until he becomes a free agent.

Historically, a running back loses his touch when he turns 30. Willie Parker turns 29 next September, which says he could be the next Steelers player to leave through free agency. If you look at the Steelers roster, it's packed full of power and elusive runners who can get the job done.

First, Rashard Mendenhall can be our starting running back. Our third down running back could be Mewelde Moore. Gary Russell is a descent goal-line and short yardage back. Did anybody forget Stefan Logan, the former extremely elusive CFL player? Does anybody see the need or room for Fast Willie Parker?

The Steelers didn't keep Franco Harris, did they?