The Pittsburgh Steelers are creeping toward the 2021 season, and have set up a roster that is game ready. But with any professional sports team you can never have too much talent. In a league based on scoring any team could take a 2020 Tampa Bay Buccaneers approach by filling their roster with free agent offensive talent to create both depth and mismatches. The Steelers are a team that typically stays away from free agent moves, but with a lowered salary cap there should be opportunities to add talent for next to nothing.
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Below are some possible free agent options that could instantly improve the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense.
10. Austin Reiter, C
The Steelers do look set at the Center position. They were always extremely high on Kendrick Green to be this team’s next center, but with Green’s limited snaps at the position the Steelers could opt to add an experienced option to the fold. Reiter could hold down the spot until Green is 100% ready to be the guy.
9. Charles Leno, OT
All offseason I’ve stated how much I believed the Steelers valued both Chuks Okorafor and Zach Banner. To date they have only proved me correct. But that shouldn't stop them from at least sniffing around the free agent tackle pool. The recently released Charles Leno is a Pro Bowl tackle and one of the best blockers in the league. Bringing him into the mix would push the Steelers offense over the top and give Najee Harris some solid running lanes.
8. Le’Veon Bell, RB
Yes, I know, I know, I KNOW. The Pittsburgh Steelers are missing a little something from their running back depth chart. They got the all-around bell cow in Najee Harris, and the speedy Anthony McFarland, but that's about it. Bell could mentor Harris in their very similar play styles, and play a relief role for the Steelers’ first round pick.
7. Larry Fitzgerald, WR
How great would it be to have Larry legend added to this stacked receiving group. His presence alone would take the young receivers to the next level. His experience and demeanor is the only thing missing from the Steelers pass catchers, and it would also mean one of the greatest wide-outs of all time could retire where he began is collegiate career.
6. Tyler Eifert, TE
I honestly think the Steelers should add a third tight end to the mix. Someone who doesn't need a ton of snaps but another mismatch target for Ben Roethlisbeger and Matt Canada to play with. The Steelers pass catchers already look like they all came from the land of the giants, but adding Eifert would mean another 6’6 body defenses would have to defend.
5. MyCole Pruitt, TE
Same philosophies as above, but, Pruitt is one of the best blocking tight ends in football. His addition would mean Eric Ebron would never have to play on short yardage plays, and instantly improve this team’s blocking on the edge.
4. Dennis Kelly, OT
Dennis Kelly was a part of an offensive line that helped Derrick Henry rush for well-over 2,000 yards. If the Steelers are dead set on fixing the running attack this move would instantly improve it. The only problem is they will have to find the cash, but Kelly is a mauler.
3. Danny Amendola, WR
Quietly Danny Amendola has become one of the most consistent receivers in the NFL. Go look at his stats, you plug him into your roster and you know you're adding 600 yards, 50 receptions, and a touchdown or two. Sure the Steelers are four deep at receiver but a veteran slot option at receiver would give the Steelers some extra depth and a steady option.
2. Adrian Peterson, RB
‘AP’ would be the perfect compliment to Najee Harris. He’s played multiple years on the veteran minimum, he’s mentored backs the last few years consecutively, he can take the short yardage/physical snaps, and he’s already Harris’ training partner. As a mentor and a back up running back, Peterson checks every box. So much in fact I'm surprised he’s not already on the roster.
1. Jesse James, TE
Jesse James would solidify the Steelers tight end room as one of the deepest in the league. Eric Ebron, Pat Freiermuth, and James would be a matchup nightmare on their own, but throw in the massive Chase Claypool in the mix and the defense can't stop that height advantage. Not only that, but he has made himself into a great blocker. James would do great things in this offense, even as the third tight end.
But what do you think? Which offensive player should the Steelers sign? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments below.