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Why the Steelers wait-and-see approach to free agency can still be successful

On the latest episode of the “Steelers Hangout” I explain why although frustrating, the Steelers wait-and-see approach to free agency is still successful.

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Yeah, I read the comments.

Fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers were anything but happy with their favorite team’s activity level in NFL Free Agency. While they sat and watched teams like the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots make improvements to the team, they had to celebrate re-signing David Johnson and Landry Jones.

Nonetheless, although it might have taken them a while to warm up, the Steelers are now making moves. Better late than never, right? Well, some fans don’t want to hear that, and some really don’t want to hear that everything is going to be okay.

I sometimes feel like Kevin Bacon’s character in the legendary movie “Animal House” yelling, “Remain calm! All is well!”

As he gets trampled by a stampede of parade-goers.

The fact of the matter is, the Steelers know what they are doing. It isn’t like the team didn’t want to sign Dont’a Hightower or Logan Ryan, they simply felt it was out of their price range, or too much money for the services offered.

You can disagree, and you are entitled to your opinion, but this is how the Steelers have always done business. They sit back and watch.

The wait-and-see approach is frustrating for fans, but it ultimately works. Look at the two signings the team made Monday. Knile Davis, formerly of the Kansas City Chiefs, and Coty Sensabaugh, formerly of the New York Giants. Sensabaugh said he hadn’t had many calls from other teams, and a similar sentiment was echoed by Davis. Here are two players who were waiting for a chance, and the Steelers gave them one.

I would almost guarantee Davis’ one-year contract, and Sensabaugh’s two-year deal, are extremely team-friendly. The Steelers got two players who wanted to play for a winner, let’s be honest, not many teams have the Steelers chances of competing for a Super Bowl next season, fill huge needs in depth and likely at the right price.

It’s when the wait-and-see approach pays off.

Some might compare it to shopping at the clearance rack at a retail store, but we all know sometimes you find that shirt that fits your outfit perfectly. Let’s hope the Steelers found a couple shirts who fit just right on Monday in NFL Free Agency.

I discuss this more in the latest BTSC podcast “Steelers Hangout” above. Give it a listen in the player above, and follow all of the BTSC podcasts on iTunes by searching "The Standard is the Standard", as well as on several podcast apps for Android users.


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