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3 Available Free Agents the Steelers Should Consider Signing

The Pittsburgh Steelers have had a tremendous offseason in terms of adding new talent to the roster, but are they done? There are still several free agents on the open market that could provide value to a Steelers team looking to compete in a competitive AFC North. We will discuss three of these in greater depth today.

Wide receiver, pass rusher, and defensive back seem to be the three areas the Steelers have the least amount of depth, although the signing of Cameron Sutton makes safety more of a need than cornerback. Adding another offensive tackle for depth cannot be ruled out either, but I definitely anticipate the Steelers adding at one or more of these positions before the season begins.

Let’s take a look at three free-agent options I believe make sense for the Steelers.

Justin Simmons

This name has been tossed around by just about every NFL franchise, but there is good reason for it. At 30 years old, Simmons is still playing at an incredibly high level, and he could put a contending team over the top with another strong season. He turned down a lucrative one-year deal earlier this offseason, and I imagine he is wishing he had taken it. His free-agent value drops every day he remains on the open market, and he is unlikely to garner a contract worth more than $5-6 million per year. Simmons has been a second-team All-Pro selection each of the last three years, and in that span, he has recorded 14 interceptions and 5 fumbles. While he may not be a prototypical strong safety, the Steelers could utilize him in a hybrid role and keep defenses guessing as they rotate Simmons, Fitzpatrick, and even DeShon Elliott in occasional three-safety sets. It would be a new role for Simmons, but it is a role he could thrive in as it pertains to creating turnovers. He would not be relied on as heavily in Pittsburgh, and his opportunities for splash plays would only increase.

Charles Harris

Harris, a one-time starter for Detroit, has dealt with injuries over the past couple seasons, but in his last fully healthy season (2021), he recorded 7.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss in 14 starts. Still on the right side of 30, the former Missouri Tiger would be an excellent schematic fit in Pittsburgh, as he has developed into a consistent run defender on the edge. That is exactly what the Steelers could use behind T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith, as Nick Herbig, while still developing, is more a pass rush specialist than he is a run defender. The past two seasons have been a major hit to Harris’ free-agent value, but on the cheap, he fills out an outside linebacker room that could use someone to compete with Jeremiah Moon during the preseason.

Hunter Renfrow

I was not the biggest fan of Renfrow’s coming out of college, but he has made the most of the opportunities he has been given in the NFL. The current problem? He hasn’t gotten many opportunities recently. In 2021, Renfrow had a true breakout season, racking up 103 receptions for 1,038 yards and 9 touchdowns. However, since Davante Adams came to town, Renfrow has only recorded 585 yards and 2 touchdowns. In those 2 seasons, his stock has dramatically decreased, but his ability has not. Renfrow is still a sure-handed technician who can work underneath and haul in key catches in big moments. He may not be the “attractive” number two option for an offense, but in Arthur Smith’s scheme, he may be all the Steelers need to get over the hump.

What are your thoughts on these potential signings? Who are your favorite available free agents? Be sure to light up the comment section below with your thoughts on this and all things Pittsburgh Steelers!


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