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Kevin Colbert: Steelers have no regrets in releasing LeGarrette Blount

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The Pittsburgh Steelers' GM Kevin Colbert addressed the media at the NFL Scouting Combine and was asked about the upcoming draft as well as former Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers saw a reasonable amount of success in 2014. They broke their string of mediocre 8-8 seasons by finishing 11-5 and winning the AFC North for the first time since 2010, but all that unraveled when the team lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Wild Card round and ended their season prematurely.

Now with the 2015 offseason officially underway, Steelers' GM Kevin Colbert addressed the media at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine held in Indianapolis and fielded a myriad of questions. Colbert talked about what position the team might target with the 22nd overall pick in the draft, player interviews and how important they are and even what he thinks of the media spectacle the combine has become. However, when asked about former Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount and his release, Colbert's response was simple, the team has no regrets.

The Steelers organization made a swift decision on Blount and released him when he essentially walked out on his team following a win over the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football in 2014. The same organization then was forced to watch starting RB Le'Veon Bell go down with a knee injury in the final game of the regular season against the Cincinnati Bengals and have to sign Ben Tate off the street to fill the role of starting RB. To rub salt in the wound, Steelers faithful then had to sit and watch Blount turn into a model citizen for Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots as they went on the win Super Bowl 49.

Of course Colbert isn't going to criticize the decision the front office made in regards to Blount and how to deal with his actions, but the team is set on moving forward and will likely look to fill the backup RB position via free agency and possibly in the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft.