What is the Steelers biggest free agent need this offseason?
The Pittsburgh Steelers are far from a perfect team. Even with the team’s 6-3 record, anyone who has watched the team knows how they will need to make some significant moves in free agency this offseason.
While cap space is certainly a worthy part of this conversation, the Steelers will have opportunities to free up cap space. Will they be players with the big-name free agents? That’s unlikely, but this isn’t about specific players. It’s about positional needs.
Some needs are better off being addressed in the NFL Draft while others are better addressed in free agency. A recent article by ESPN had their NFL experts take a stab at each team and what position might be atop the team need list in free agency next season.
Here is what they had to say about the Steelers:
Projected biggest need: Cornerback
Addressing the offensive line is always a consideration in Pittsburgh, but the secondary is the bigger need. The Steelers appear to have a building block at one cornerback spot in rookie Joey Porter Jr., but the other side is a weak link with 33-year-old Patrick Peterson starting to show his age. The team has 10 interceptions this season and three are by linebackers. A playmaker in the secondary is needed.
If Kansas City’s L’Jarius Sneed hits free agency, he could be a really good answer, as would Alabama’s Kool-Aid McKinstry or Terrion Arnold in the middle of the draft’s first round.
It is difficult to put cornerback over offensive line, but the organization might feel as if they can easily patch the holes on the offensive line through the draft, compared to in free agency. When you consider the amount of work which has been done on the interior of the offensive line, Mason Cole, Isaac Seumalo and James Daniels, through free agency, you have to wonder if those additions have fully paid off. Mason Cole might be the weakest of the trio, and when you see how Broderick Jones has gotten acclimated to the NFL game you have to think the Steelers like their odds of fixing the line through the draft.
The secondary is an issue which could need both the draft and free agency to fix. Patrick Peterson isn’t getting younger, Levi Wallace has been a liability this season, and you can see how bare the cupboard is on the depth chart.
What do you think? What position would top the list for you? Let us know in the comment section and be sure to stay tuned to SCN for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the Cleveland Browns in Week 11.
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