There is a large contingent of the Pittsburgh Steelers fan base which is frustrated with the team’s lack of movement in free agency. Ignore the fact there simply isn’t enough salary cap space to make any moves, although fans will blame Le’Veon Bell for this somehow, fans still want the Steelers to join the feeding frenzy which is NFL Free Agency.
Heading into the first weekend of free agency the Steelers had yet to even host a player looking for a new home. That all changed when it was reported former Patriots special teams ace Matthew Slater was in Pittsburgh visiting with the Steelers.
This per Field Yates of ESPN:
Source: Patriots free agent Matthew Slater, a seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer, is in Pittsburgh visiting the Steelers today. Intrigue amongst top AFC teams.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 17, 2018
Slater, a seven-time Pro Bowler and special teams captain in New England, is not just a special teams ace, but by trade a wide receiver. However, if you are thinking the Steelers would potentially be bringing a player in to be a special teamer and a receiving threat — think again.
In his lengthy NFL career, Slater has only one reception for 46 yards. But the Steelers don’t really need another receiver, yet many will wonder if they need a special teams ace too. If the team is able to sign Slater, the value of the contract will be important. If it is for a veteran minimum, it could spell the end of the road for Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Nonetheless, stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on this situation, as well as others evolving around the black-and-gold.