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Would you rather the Steelers sign Trai Turner or Malik Hooker?

One player fills a need but could there be a bigger issue we don’t know about?

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have been busy bees lately, bringing in plenty of veteran players for free agency visits. However, none of these visits have resulted in contracts yet. This begs the question whether the Steelers are trying to sign players right now or simply having a plan ready in the event of an injury. Perhaps Kevin Colbert and company just want to know who they would sign if someone isn't ready to go at training camp or gets hurt early on in the season. But what about the last two guys the Steelers brought into their facility?

Malik Hooker and Trai Turner are two players that have been battling injuries as of late. But when healthy, both players are as good as anyone at their positions. The Steelers very clearly don’t have much depth safety at all so giving Hooker a shot to be a rotational player makes a lot of sense. Guard, on the other hand, is seemingly a position of strength for the Steelers yet they brought in the former five-time Pro Bowler for a visit. Instantly we all worried about the health or passion of David DeCastro who battled injuries last year and also admitted his heart wasn't fully in on football without fans in the stands.

With about $7.4 million in remaining salary space, the Steelers would only likely sign one more player before the start of the 2021 season (if they sign anyone at all). By bringing in Malik Hooker the Steelers would have three starting capable safeties and would be able to play all three on any given snap. In Trai Turner the Steelers would either have a replacement for David DeCastro or continue to bolster the depth of their offensive line.

If there is in fact something going on with DeCastro, bringing in another guard is clearly the biggest need. But if it’s simply a depth signing I think Hooker would have a much larger impact than any backup caliber offensive lineman as the starters generally play 100% of the snaps.

But what would you do? Would you rather the Steelers sign Trai Turner or Malik Hooker? Hit up the poll and share your thoughts down in the comments below.

Poll

If the Steelers could only sign one, would you rather Trai Turner of Malik Hooker

This poll is closed

  • 35%
    Trai Turner
    (503 votes)
  • 64%
    Malik Hooker
    (911 votes)
1414 votes total Vote Now