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Free Agent wide receiver options for the Pittsburgh Steelers still available

The Steelers very well could be looking to find another veteran wide receiver to help complete their wide receiver depth chart, and there are still some legitimate names floating around the free agent wire.

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes recently made comments about wanting to return to the Steelers to finish his career. Holmes is a free agent, and when it comes to being an accomplished receiver without a home, he isn't alone.

In fact, the list of capable free agent wide receivers who have yet to be signed is rather shocking. The Steelers have brought in veteran wide receivers in the past to help round out their wide out depth chart, but with Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant all excelling at their position, would the Steelers look to bring in a veteran receiver to be the No. 4 receiver?

Some names of veteran wide receivers who might be worth placing a call about to see their price tag would be: Michael Crabtree, Hakeem Nicks, Reggie Wayne, Greg Jennings and Wes Welker.

Obviously not all these players fit in terms of scheme and what the Steelers want to accomplish on a game-by-game basis offensively, but the longer these receivers go without a home, the cheaper they become. The Steelers certainly would be willing to upgrade from Darrius Heyward-Bey, and every receiver listed above would certainly accomplish that feat.

The Steelers have seen success with signing veteran wideouts like Jerricho Cotchery, but have also seen the plan fall apart like the recently released Lance Moore who never quite fit into the system once Martavis Bryant exploded onto the scene.

Wide receiver isn't a position which is discussed much in free agency, not with the corps the Steelers have currently, but getting a solid and experienced 4th wide out will only help bolster the roster and help avoid a gaping hole if an injury occurs. The Steelers might be looking to the later rounds of the draft or internally to fill the No. 4 wide receiver position, but kicking the tires of a veteran player can certainly pay dividends.