The Pittsburgh Steelers aren't known for their activity in Free Agency. They will make the educated move, like when they signed Ryan Clark, James Farrior and Mike Mitchell, but for the most part they remain relatively quiet compared to other NFL franchises who throw around money like they are playing the game Monopoly.
However, with NFL Free Agency almost a month old, the Steelers have made plenty of moves. They re-signed William Gay, Robert Golden, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Ramon Foster, all while bringing in Ladarius Green, Ryan Harris, Ricardo Matthews and Steven Johnson.
That is a lot of activity for the proud Steelers franchise. So, what grade would be given to the organization after making these moves? We take a look at a few "experts" thoughts on their transactions and acquisitions. (Editor's Note: These grades were given before Pittsburgh signed Ricardo Matthews to a one-year contract.)
ESPN Insider graded the Steelers Free Agency:
Re-signed: LS Greg Warren, S Robert Golden, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, CBWilliam Gay, LG Ramon Foster
Signed: TE Ladarius Green, T Ryan Harris, LB Steven Johnson
Lost/Cut: DT Steve McLendon, T Kelvin Beachum, WR Martavis Bryant(suspended), WR David Nelson, CB Antwon Blake, CB Brandon Boykin, LBSean Spence, RB Jordan Todman
Losing Martavis Bryant to a season-long suspension after Heath Miller retired put the Steelers in a tough situation. They need to be right on Ladarius Green as a receiving tight end for this free-agent signing period to ultimately succeed.
"Ladarius is a different type of signing for Pittsburgh, but I like what he will do from a passing-game perspective," Riddick said. "Losing Martavis is huge, huge, huge. Heyward-Bey has found his niche. Gay is someone everyone in the league thinks they should move on from, but Mike Tomlin likes him. Ramon Foster, a solid re-signing."
Dominik liked the way the Steelers set up themselves for a draft that appears heavier on quality defensive backs, which could work to Pittsburgh's advantage. Yates thought there were enough questions at receiver for the passing game to take a hit unless Sammie Coates emerges.
"They are doing exactly what they need to do given the restrictions they have on the cap," Polian said. "I did not like seeing them lose McLendon, but GM Kevin Colbert knows more about that than I do. He was just a guy I liked a lot."
NFL.com's analysis of the Steelers' Free Agency:
Pittsburgh Steelers: The suspension of Martavis Bryant added a dark cloud over the Steelers' offseason, but that's not general manager Kevin Colbert's fault. We love what he's been doing in free agency, bringing back cornerback William Gay and guard Ramon Foster for sensible deals. Tight end Ladarius Green was one of our favorite pickups in free agency and will help Steelers fans forget about Heath Miller (really). Losing Kelvin Beachum hurts the offensive line, but assistant coach Mike Munchak has shown he can coach up lesser talent. Grade: B
Both are extremely fair grades considering the fact the Steelers did address some of the holes on their roster, but were far from answering all the questions remaining entering the 2016 season.
So, you've seen the expert grades, but what grade do you give the Steelers Free Agency after one month? Vote below in the poll, and be sure to explain your grade in the comment section too.