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2014 NFL Free Agency Rumors: Steelers linked to Dolphins S Chris Clemons

Looking to continue adding to a transitioning safety group, the Steelers are reportedly looking into free agent safety Chris Clemons.

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

ESPN's Adam Shefter tweeted Tuesday within the first hour of free agency the Steelers are expressing interest in Dolphins safety Chris Clemons.

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, Ryan Clark is now a former Steelers safety, and while the team has expected Shamarko Thomas to fill into Clark's starting role in 2014, the team also signed Will Allen to compete for the position.

Suggestions the team is looking into bringing in another safety likely means Allen isn't guaranteed a roster spot, and the team isn't comfortable just giving Thomas the position.

Clemons was a solid starter in Miami, more of a run-supporter than a playmaker (read: likely more affordable). A move to revamp the Steelers' deep secondary is a good idea, considering the slide the defense took in 2013. Without a stable linebacking group in place - they started two rookies - the secondary was asked to take on a larger role in run support. The Steelers finished in the bottom third of the league in run defense - a glaring problem to a team that had to win six of its final eight to finish at .500.