Grading Pittsburgh Steelers free agency moves so far in 2020
Trading for Chris Wormley: A
I am a bigger fan of this move than most. Chris Wormley is a player I really had my eye on entering the 2017 NFL Draft. While he hasn’t been overly productive during his time with the Ravens, he has churned out solid overall season grades of 68.8 and 65.6 over the past two seasons, according to Pro Football Focus.
This was an interesting move by the Steelers, to say the least. Not only did they do business with their biggest division rival, but they traded for a player who is much more of a 5-technique than a true penetrating nose tackle like Javon Hargrave.
Still, the Wormly trade gives the Steelers added depth and insurance if Cam Heyward or Stephon Tuitt misses time. And with the trade only costing Pittsburgh a day-three pick swap in 2021, there is little risk involved on the part of the Steelers. Tyson Aluala’s contract is up after the 2020 season, and it’s possible the Pittsburgh could use Wormley to replace his role. Adding Wormley gives them a solid run defender and proven competitor in a Super Bowl window.
I know my initial grades on these moves may seem a little high, but I really think the Steelers made some smart decisions with the limited money they had to spend this offseason. I was not a fan at all of bringing in Donte Moncrief and Mark Barron for their respective prices last offseason. I think these moves will prove to be much better for the team.