The Pittsburgh Steelers have been putting out calls for free agents the last number of weeks. Defensive coordinator Keith Butler said as much during his post draft press conference, and following the news of the Steelers being one of the teams hot after Ryan Kerrigan, we know for certain they are not done adding to the roster.
Teams that showed the most interest in Ryan Kerrigan were the Eagles, Steelers and Bengals. But he opted to stay in NFC East. https://t.co/hIopweFdDA— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 17, 2021
The most ‘Steelers-like’ approach would be to not sign anyone but wait until training camp cuts to potentially poach someone who was cut from their previous team. But, that comes with the detriment of not being able to practice with said player until the regular season has already arrived. However, this is an offseason like no other, and the Steelers would be wise by adding one of the many talented players available at a bargain price.
You should already know the story by now, the pandemic shrunk the NFL’s salary cap which forced extra cuts league wide, and as we sit here today a ton of players will have to decide whether they want to play near the minimum or not play at all. Opportunities to land talent to such meaningless contracts never come about in the NFL so any team would be stupid not to be at least putting out calls.
While the Steelers missed out on Ryan Kerrigan, they still have a couple high end options at their disposal most notably Justin Houston and Melvin Ingram. The Steelers are in need of a third outside linebacker, and if they can land one of them as cheap as the Eagles signed Kerrigan (1 year $3.5 Million) they should be laughing.
Adding a veteran edge rusher to pair with sophomore Alex Highsmith would be the perfect complimentary piece in easing him into stating duties. A third reliable guy would also allow the Steelers to run their normal stuff even when T.J. Watt is off during a normal rest. Genuinely, I believe adding another pass rusher would come with no negative impact, just strictly making the Pittsburgh Steelers a better all around team.
But what do you think? Who should the Steelers sign in this market? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.