The hottest name in the free agency market is Tyrann Mathieu, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are bringing the most pressing campaign.
Get Mathieu to Pittsburgh seems to be the consensus in the Steelers locker room. Team members, both past and present, have taken to social media to tell the free agent safety where he should be next.
The Steelers may not have the finances to sign the 26-year-old safety, but with a roster move or two, they could find a way to finish off their secondary. After releasing Mike Mitchell and William Gay, this team could use a playmaking defensive back.
Bringing in Mathieu to play with Joe Haden, Artie Burns and Sean Davis, would make this Pittsburgh coverage nearly unstoppable. Although it’s unlike the Steelers to approach a star free agent, players on the team are hoping they can work something out.
Expectations for Pittsburgh to sign Mathieu aren’t high, but then again, no one saw them actually signing Joe Haden last season, either. This team is in a “win now” mentality, and if Mathieu is the finishing piece to the puzzle, they could make moves to see it happen.
The safety finished his first full starting season last year with 74 tackles and two interceptions. But the presence he brings to the field makes him game much more impactful than statistics can show.
How the Steelers would pull off the money to sign Mathieu is a mystery. Something major would need to happen, or the Honey Bager would need to really take winning over money in his deal. But if he’s serious about wanting to go somewhere that cares about defense, and Pittsburgh is serious about winning their seventh Super Bowl, the two sides should figure something out.
Being the biggest name in free agency, Mathieu won’t be on the board long. If Pittsburgh is going to get a deal done, it’s going to happen soon.