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The best free agents available for the Steelers after the 2021 NFL Draft

The Pittsburgh Steelers could still be looking to add some talent to their roster, and here are some names they might be targeting.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are a team who checked a lot of boxes throughout the 2021 NFL Draft. They added either a starter quality player at positions of need, and much needed depth at others. But this isn’t to suggest their roster is complete.

After the draft, and signing Undrafted Rookie Free Agents (UDFAs), there are still positions the team could be looking to add a free agent to their roster. Before diving into the names of players still looking for a home, it is worth noting the window for free agent signings which would impact the compensatory formula is officially over. So, the players who are signed at this point do not hurt the Steelers in terms of future compensatory draft picks.

That isn’t to suggest the Steelers have a lot of cap space to sign some of these players, but as it is said, “Where there is a will, there is a way.”

Let’s take a look at the top free agents still available, by position:

Quarterback

Nick Mullens, San Francisco 49ers
Brian Hoyer, New England Patriots
Robert Griffin III, Baltimore Ravens
Blaine Gabbert, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Matt Barkley, Buffalo Bills
Blake Bortles, Los Angeles Rams
Sean Mannion, Minnesota Vikings
A.J. McCarron, Houston Texans

Wide Receiver

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Golden Tate, New York Giants
Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles
Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars
Isaiah Ford, Miami Dolphins
Dez Bryant, Baltimore Ravens
Laquon Treadwell, Atlanta Falcons
De’Anthony Thomas, Baltimore Ravens
Marqise Lee, New England Patriots

Running Back

Le’Veon Bell, Kansas City Chiefs
Todd Gurley, Atlanta Falcons
Duke Johnson, Houston Texans
Brian Hill, Atlanta Falcons
Adrian Peterson, Detroit Lions
Chris Thompson, Jacksonville Jaguars
Dion Lewis, New York Giants
Devonta Freeman, New York Giants
LeSean McCoy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Alfred Morris, New York Giants

Tight Ends

Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts
Tyler Eifert, Jacksonville Jaguars
Jesse James, Detroit Lions
Richard Rodgers, Philadelphia Eagles
MyCole Pruitt, Tennessee Titans
Josh Perkins, Philadelphia Eagles
Demetrius Harris, Chicago Bears
Deon Yelder, Kansas City Chiefs

Offensive Line

Charles Leno Jr., Chicago Bears
Russell Okung, Carolina Panthers
Kelechi Osemele, Kansas City Chiefs
Eric Fisher, Kansas City Chiefs
Mitchell Schwartz, Kansas City Chiefs
Austin Reiter, Kansas City Chiefs
Dennis Kelly, Tennessee Titans
Trai Turner, Los Angeles Chargers

Cornerback/Safety

Richard Sherman, CB, San Francisco 49ers
Brian Poole, CB, New York Jets
Bashaud Breeland, CB, Kansas City Chiefs
Malik Hooker, S, Indianapolis Colts
Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Arizona Cardinals
Steven Nelson, CB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Defensive Line

Geno Atkins, DT, Cincinnati Bengals
Damon Harrison, DT, Green Bay Packers
Sheldon Richardson, IDL, Cleveland Browns
Kawann Short, DT, Carolina Panthers

Pass Rusher

Olivier Vernon, EDGE, Cleveland Browns
Melvin Ingram, EDGE, Los Angeles Chargers
Anthony Chickillo, OLB, Denver Broncos
Justin Houston, EDGE, Indianapolis Colts
Ryan Kerrigan, OLB, Washington


These aren’t all of the free agents who are still on the open market, but the bigger names players still looking for a team for the 2021 regular season. Will the Steelers bring a player on the above list in for at least a visit? Only time will tell, so be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the 2021 regular season.