While some fans might be disturbed by the Pittsburgh Steelers inactivity during the early stage of free agency, it would appear that it isn't for a lack of effort. Reports on Monday suggested that the Steelers were interested in Denver Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby, but by Tuesday he was a member of the Houston Texans on a one-year deal worth $10 million.
However, if Broncos beat writer Mike Klis of 9News is to be believed, Pittsburgh did their best to secure him with an offer Roby rejected in favor of the Texans.
Spoke to Bradley Roby. He turned down 3-year offer from Steelers and 1-year offer from 49ers to take one-year, $10 Mil deal with Texans. Browns were also in for a while. Roby: "It's a prove it deal. I feel like I should go back in (the market) while I'm still young.'' #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) March 12, 2019
The Steelers could have matched Houston’s offer if they had really wanted to land him, but one-year deals of that sort are really not their style. The three-year contract offer Klis alludes to sounds much more like the sort of contract Pittsburgh would try and sign a free agent signing of his stature to.
If nothing else, this revelation indicates the Steelers are at least serious about attempting to upgrade the cornerback position in free agency and will perhaps shift their attention to some of the other notable names on the open market like Pierre Desir or Jason Verrett.