When analyzing the Pittsburgh Steelers free agent situation prior to the official free agency period beginning, most assumed the team would have to choose between two offensive linemen who made up the left side of the line to start the 2015 season.
Kelvin Beachum or Ramon Foster?
Earlier this week, the Steelers signed Foster to a new 3-year contract, making their decision on the process quite clear. Despite rumors of the team possibly bringing Beachum back on a one-year deal, Beachum continues to explore his options by visiting other NFL teams who might be interested in his services.
With the Steelers potentially looking at going into 2016 with Alejandro Villanueva and Marcus Gilbert as the starting tackles, and Mike Adams as the potential swing tackle, they are exploring their options to solidify the tackle position by hosting free agent tackle Ryan Harris of the Denver Broncos.
The team hosting Harris doesn't necessarily mean the team is giving up on possibly bringing Beachum back in 2016, but are simply getting a plan together if Beachum chooses to play for another NFL franchise next season.
Harris was a stabilizing player for the Denver Broncos on their run to a Super Bowl victory in 2015, and although the Broncos had their share of issues along the offensive line last season, Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak has proven he can take even the most mediocre player and turn him into a capable starter at the NFL level. Simply see what he did with Cody Wallace and Villanueva last year as evidence.