Steelers contract with with ex-Bills LB Arthur Moats worth $795,000 over one year

Moats will receive $730,000 in salary with a signing bonus of $65,000.

It's certainly an affordable deal for the cap-strapped Steelers. Considering Moats' highest and best use on the Steelers is likely as a starting inside linebacker, they replaced Larry Foote for a player seven years younger and one who costs half the price.

Moats may not play strictly on the inside, but he's making a veteran minimum level deal for a player with his tenure, and it doesn't hurt the Steelers' salary cap too much - especially if he is figured to be the team's starter opposite Lawrence Timmons.

He's the most recent and probably final piece to a defense re-tooled through free agency.

It won't, however, negate the need to continue the overhaul through the draft. A one-year deal won't be enough to keep the Steelers completely off the market for linebacker talent. Putting a total of four of them on the field in the team's base package means there are usually nine linebackers on the active roster.

Moats helps put together a clearer picture of where the Steelers are going defensively, but it's still murky. For now, there could be at least three new starters on the Steelers' defense.

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