A huge need for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2017 offseason is definitely an edge rusher. Somebody creating havoc with reckless abandon in an opposing backfield is coveted by most teams. The Steelers addressed the problem by resigning James Harrison, but they know that's not enough. Stud pass rushers flew off the board with boatloads of cash headed towards their bank accounts. The Steelers stood still after signing Harrison and didn't go after the big names like many hoped they would. With Jarvis Jones leaving the fold, the team has a couple of spots at the position that they need to fill.
Heading into the third week of free agency, the position is as picked over as a Black Friday bargain-table. I don't think the answer is here. But stranger things have happened from the trash heap. While I think that the Steelers are more interested in adding depth behind Harrison and Bud Dupree in the draft, there are some players available that they could possibly go after.
Before you go crazy in the comment section about how you don't want the Steelers to sign any other of these players, understand that this is merely a list of guys still available and not an endorsement.
Elvis Dumervil - Baltimore Ravens
Once the best pass rusher in the entire league, Elvis' best days have left the building. Playing in only eight games last season, the 10-year vet had 3 1/2 sacks last year. Dumervil's 17 sacks in 2014 are way in the rear-view mirror, but the 32 year-old could be of value to a team looking for that extra piece of the puzzle and willing to give him a reduced snap count. I just don't see it bring the Steelers.
Deandre Levy - Detroit Lions
When healthy, Levy is more than a sold linebacker. However, the hot tub, not a clean bill of health has been his friend. Knee injuries have limited Levy to only six games in the past two seasons. A low risk "prove-it" deal for the 29 year-old could be an option for the Steelers, but a thorough physical would be necessary first for the player that had 151 tackles in 2014 and 119 in 2013.
Chris Long - New England Patriots
At 31, Long was an effective player for the Patriots in their Super Bowl season. He's a player with a good work ethic that could be a solid mercenary for a contender. Long, who may have a good year or two left, collected four sacks and 33 tackles for the champs. Long declined to return to New England because he wants a bigger role and has expressed his desire to return to the player that he once was. I would entertain a possible deal for Long, but he would probably not get his wish to start.
Jacques Smith - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Smith is another guy that has seen his recent season ruined by injury. The RFA is only 28, but an ACL tear early in Week 1 last year limited him to only one sack. Smith had a total of 13.5 sacks in both 2013 and 2014. Smith could be available for the start of 2017, but he's a huge risk. The Steelers could buy low on Smith.
Mario Williams - Miami Dolphins
Dwight Freeney - Atlanta Falcons
Trent Cole - Indianapolis Colts
Erik Walden - Indianapolis Colts
Paul Kruger - New Orleans Saints
Devin Taylor - Detroit Lions
Rob Ninkovich - New England Patriots
Sam Acho - Chicago Bears
LaMarr Woodley - Arizona Cardinals
Kroy Bierman - Atlanta Falcons
Josh Bynes - Detroit Lions