The Pittsburgh Steelers began their free agent recruiting trail with a Pro Bowl special teamer and former New England Patriot.
Matthew Slater isn’t much outside of special teams, but the seven-time Pro Bowler has the leadership and experience to make a drastic impact on the last remaining struggle on this team.
According to reports, Pittsburgh hosted their first free agent, Slater, on Saturday. Without much cap space to work with this offseason, the Steelers are hoping to bring in the best talent for the lowest cost.
If Slater is willing to join Pittsburgh on a veteran minimum contract, it could mean goodbye for Darrius Heyward-Bey. As the team’s own special teams guru, Heyward-Bey could be looking at a replacement heading to the Steel City.
Slater will bring a reliable name to a special teams that has been subpar for the last several years. As a special teams ace, Slater can become a captain to a group of players who maybe need an energy boost to take their play to the next level.
He’ll be working with a group of young players who are fully capable of making exciting things happen on both ends of special team.
Slater is also a set of hands in the receiving core. With Eli Rogers on the market, Pittsburgh might be looking for a bottom of the depth chart wideout to fill in here and there. Although his one career reception for 46 yards doesn’t prove much of his pass catching ability, you’d think he’s got the ability to make a few things happen with the ball in his hands.
More details of Slater’s visit to Pittsburgh will arise, but for now, this is just a shot in the dark that they sign him to a contract. With Jon Bostic joining the team, though, it could be a sign that the Steelers are looking to make moves this summer.