Re-grading the Colbert’s 2019 Steelers offseason moves

Devin Bush #55 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Nelson was the best for the Steelers
PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA – DECEMBER 15: Steven Nelson #22 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs after intercepting a pass during the first half against the Buffalo Bills in the game at Heinz Field on December 15, 2019, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

Free Agents:

With the extra cap space, the Steelers were aggressive in trying to fill their needs. They signed three players, those being Steven Nelson, Donte Moncrief, and Mark Barron. Nelson was easily the best signing (and quite frankly one of Colbert’s best signings ever), as he helped solidify the CB position. While he didn’t have any flashy stats, he was consistent and did a great job in coverage. He should be around for quite some time and will likely take over as top option once Joe Haden is gone from the Steelers.

Moncrief was just the opposite, as a hand injury caused drop issues that were never recovered from. He was cut midseason to ensure the Steelers would receive their comp pick after L.J. Fort was cut. Overall, he was a player that should have contributed more, but due to injuries and mental fortitude, he was a swing and a miss.

Barron is an interesting case since many fans have pointed to him as a bust signing since he was cut this offseason. While he may not still be on the team, he was never in the long-term plans for the team, which was evident with how they drafted. Barron also seemingly got better as the year went on. His contract was essentially a 1-year deal, and frankly, the Steelers got their money’s worth.

Altogether, the free agents from last year are deserving of a slightly above average grade. While adding Nelson has been a key for the Steelers, the other two signings are no longer on the roster. Considering the production from two out of the three though, this group grades out ok.

Grade: C+