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Prior to the draft, what has been the Steelers best offseason move?

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Drafting the right player could definitely be the Steelers strongest part of the offseason, but what has been their best choice prior to the draft?

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It happens every year. Regardless of the NFL draft, every teams roster goes through some sort of change from the previous season. While winning the offseason does not necessarily equates to victories on the field (just ask the 2019 Cleveland Browns), it does help if teams address needs to have enough players at a given position.

So have the Steelers improved their team going into the 2020 season before entering the NFL draft? Have they filled a lot of needs? Will they get more wins on the field?

I believe the Steelers have already improved going into 2020. I like the moves they have made whether it be adding a coach, a player, or releasing someone. But what was their best move so far?

Here are the nominees for the best offseason move the Steelers have made this year prior to the draft:


Hiring Matt Canada as the QB coach

Many fans believe Canada’s influence on the offense will be apparent right away. Whether or not this happens remains to be seen.


Releasing Anthony Chickillo

He missed several games last year due to injury and legal problems while only logging 0.5 sacks. It also saved the Steelers $5 million.


Using the franchise tag on Bud Dupree

There was not much depth or any other answer at the position, but the price sure is pretty steep.


Giving second round tenders to Matt Feiler and Mike Hilton

The Steelers were able to keep a key player on each side of the ball without allowing them to hit open market.


Resigning several players on the cheap

Players such a Zach Banner, Jordan Dangerfield, and Kameron Canaday are now filling positions which the Steelers do not have to replace in the draft. And they didn’t break the bank in doing so.


Signing Derek Watt

It’s fun to have T.J.‘s brother on the team, but it came at the expense of Roosevelt Nix.


Signing Stefen Wisniewski

Not only did it fill a need, it was so dirt-cheap to bring Wisniewski back home it just made so much sense.


Signing Eric Ebron

Once the Steelers made the move, tight end went from a high position of need in a weak draft to something the Steelers can worry about another year.


Trading for Chris Wormley

It’s very rare the Steelers make a move with their AFC North rivals. Adding another player on the defensive line after losing Javon Hargrave helps reduce the draft need.


So what do you think? Which move do you think will impact the Steelers the most for the 2020 season? Or is there something else which is more important that was not listed? Make sure you vote in the poll and leave your comments below.

Poll

What was the Steelers best offseason move prior to the 2020 NFL draft?

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    Hiring Matt Canada as the QB coach
    (287 votes)
  • 2%
    Releasing Anthony Chickillo
    (62 votes)
  • 8%
    Using the franchise tag on Bud Dupree
    (249 votes)
  • 5%
    Giving second round tenders to Matt Feiler and Mike Hilton
    (150 votes)
  • 1%
    Resigning several players on the cheap
    (57 votes)
  • 3%
    Signing Derek Watt
    (106 votes)
  • 17%
    Signing Stefen Wisniewski
    (511 votes)
  • 48%
    Signing Eric Ebron
    (1448 votes)
  • 3%
    Trading for Chris Wormley
    (91 votes)
2961 votes total Vote Now