Steelers Free Agency; Did they get better?

By Ben Babcock

 

Offseason Grade:

Answer: B

 

The Steelers really didn’t do anything this offseason. They barely lost anything and barely added anything. The biggest loss for them this year was safety Mike Mitchell and they replaced him with veteran Morgan Burnett. This is a pretty good signing, even though Burnett has had a rough past couple of seasons he’s still one of the better in the league. The only problem with this signing is that Burnett is entering the back half of his career. The only other moves they made were franchise tagging RB LeVeon Bell and signing LB Jon Bostic. Bostic will be a part time replacement for Ryan Shazier, who’s recovering from a pretty nasty back injury. They really need to come to terms with LeVeon Bell on a long term contract soon because you can’t just keep messing around and paying him per year. It’s the same kind of situation that happened with Kirk Cousins the past two years. Either sign him long term or you could lose him.

Entering the draft, the Steelers only immediate need is defensive depth. They have good players, they just aren’t on that top level. They smoked by Blake Bortles in the playoffs, that should say enough by itself. Since Shazier will most likely be missing this next season they need to address the linebacker position first. Malik Jefferson from Texas and Leighton Vander Esch from Boise State are two options for Pittsburgh at the no.28 spot in the first round, and if Rashaan Evans from Alabama somehow falls to them that’d be a steal. After that they really just need depth everywhere so I’d expect another linebacker, corner, and safety to be taken by Pittsburgh at some point. They really have one of the most well balanced offenses in the league as long as they can hold onto LeVeon. So they just need to bulk up the defense if they want to finally get back to the top of the AFC.

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