The Pittsburgh Steelers are considered one of the favorites to not just represent the AFC in Super Bowl 51, but to win their 7th Lombardi trophy in team history. You don't get such a status, or odds to win it all, with a lackluster lineup. However, even with the likes of Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell, Cameron Heyward and Ryan Shazier on the roster, the team could still improve their lineup by targeting some veteran players who are currently unemployed after nearly a month of NFL Free Agency.
Before getting into specific players, there are specific positions the Steelers should be looking into, when it comes to viable free agents: Defensive line, Safety, Cornerback, Guard and Outside Linebacker top the list, but only if the shoe fits. Today we focus on the secondary, and viable options at both Cornerback and Safety.
Now let's take a look at some potential players.
Safety - Reggie Nelson
It would be weird to see Nelson wearing the black and gold, but the man who tormented Ben Roethlisberger while in Cincinnati is coming off his first Pro Bowl season at the age of 32. Not many teams have come calling, including the Bengals or the Minnesota Vikings, coached by former defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, and that could bode well for a team like Pittsburgh. Other teams aren't interested, maybe they could get a team-friendly deal to help solidify the safety position alongside Mike Mitchell? Before fans go crazy over the "he was a Bengal" factor, you should remember this is a business, and if he would help the team win he should be considered.
Safety - Walter Thurmond
The 28-year-old cornerback turned safety has reportedly being contemplating retirement. Although nothing official has been announced, if he decides he wants to play in 2016 and wants to win there aren't many teams who could bolster such a resume as the Steelers. He would be able to add depth to the safety position, and would likely compete with Robert Golden for the safety spot alongside Mike Mitchell.
Cornerback - Jerraud Powers
The former Arizona Cardinals defensive back might not be the answer to the Steelers' issues in the secondary, but would certainly bring a veteran presence to a position which certainly lacks experience. The Steelers are currently faced with a secondary which consists of William Gay, Senquez Golson, Ross Cockrell and Doran Grant heading into 2016. Only Gay and Cockrell have any real game experience in the Steelers' defensive system. Powers could help add that experience factor to the secondary.
Cornerback - Leon Hall
The Steelers are all too familiar with Hall, as he used to play for the Cincinnati Bengals, and Hall certainly has had his missteps against the black and gold over the years. The aging cornerback likely won't get too many calls from teams barring an injury, and the Steelers should follow suit. When you are getting younger and more athletic at the cornerback position, it would be foolish to bring in Hall who is the antithesis of the youth movement going on in the team's secondary.