The Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed James Harrison to a new 2-year contract adding some much needed depth at the outside linebacker position. With Harrison back in the fold, it is time to take a look at the team's depth chart at outside linebacker.
The two starting outside linebackers currently on the roster would be newly signed Arthur Moats and Jarvis Jones. Moats was unbelievably productive in the minimal amount of snaps he received in 2014, while Jones continues to attempt to prove himself as someone who isn't dubbed a 1st round bust.
The addition of Harrison to the group not only adds attitude and intensity to the group, but some much needed veteran depth. Many speculated the team would try and sign a veteran free agent from another NFL team, but even after Jason Worilds announced his retirement, the team held fast and didn't become a player in the free agent market. Probably because they knew exactly who they wanted, and that was Harrison back with the team for the 2015 season.
Even with Harrison back on the roster, the team will still be looking to add a pass rusher to their roster in the 2015 NFL Draft, and hope for the best from players who didn't see the field in 2014 like Howard Jones, Jordan Zumwalt and Canadian Football League's Shawn Lemon.
The Steelers will need to have better production from their outside linebackers, as their overall sack numbers have dropped significantly in the past 5 years. Signing Harrison was certainly a step in the right direction for the Steelers organization.