Free Agency moves the Steelers should have made this year
Kyler Fackrell, OLB, New York Giants
Contract Signed: 1-year, 4.6 million dollars
Kyler Fackrell exploded two seasons ago when he logged 10.5 sacks as a rotational player. The Packers rewarded him by signing Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith and cutting his playing time. He had his worst year last year attributing to his depreciated market value. That said, he has showcased the ability to a good player in the league.
What’s even more appealing is he has been a constant player on special teams, meaning he can step in and help in a multitude of ways. The biggest question mark here would be Bud Dupree. Fackrell would be earning decent money and would likely be best served as a short-term starter. Had the Steelers brought in a player like Fackrell, more than likely the Steelers would have let Dupree walk.
This means extra cap savings overall, as Fackrell would be earning over 10 million dollars less than Dupree. This would open the door for more options to be added and fewer restructures to have been made which will push the costs into next year. Even had Fackrell wanted 11 million over two years, he would have presented an option with a similar upside to Dupree for a third of the cost.