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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Steelers reportedly among the teams interested in Justin Houston

The Pittsburgh Steelers are putting their name in the hat for the services of a veteran free agent pass rusher.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are a team making moves, and while many fans might think most of their moves are done — you might want to think again.

The Steelers, who have little-to-no salary cap space left, will need to make some moves on their own roster to free up cap space before signing anyone else. This could come in a variety of ways.

  • The team could give Ben Roethlisberger the extension everyone has been talking about for weeks now.
  • They could also give Bud Dupree a new deal which would lower his $9 million salary cap hit in 2019.

There are other moves which could be made, but if the team were to create some salary cap space, one player who they are at least showing interest in would be former Kansas City Chiefs pass rusher Justin Houston.

While this rumor could just be a rumor, it does beg the question if the price is right should the team attempt to bring in someone like Houston? Houston was released from the Chiefs when they were unable to trade him, largely due to his inflated salary.

The 30 year old defender is coming off a year where he played in just 12 games for the Chiefs, but was still able to rack up 9 sacks in an injury-filled season.

Fans should know the report is stating the Steelers are just showing interest in Houston. Nothing more. There are likely plenty of other teams interested, and at this point it comes down to finances and location Houston prefers.

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers news and notes as the offseason continues to roll on!