Roster moves Steelers must make to maximize Super Bowl odds
While the Steelers starters at FS and SS are set for this year, there is a huge question mark as to who will be their backups. Considering the importance of the position and the fact that a number three can see the field in sub packages, adding a competent reserve seems vital. In steps Tedric Thompson, a young option who was released by the Seahawks recently.
Thompson has starting experience in the three years he has been in the league. While his tape as a starter isn’t great (leading to his demotion and release), he would do well as a niche reserve and top backup. As well, he is more of a deep FS, meaning he would be a realistic backup to Minkah Fitzpatrick (something the Steelers don’t have).
Adding Thompson doesn’t mean the Steelers are giving up on their younger guys like Marcus Allen or recently drafted Antoine Brooks since they are both more suited as box safeties. Thompson would give the team flexibility and key depth at a position that has become a relatively strong one. As well, he has experience on special teams, meaning he can add value at more than just defense.
Based on his age, he would likely only want a one-year deal to try and recoup his value. That said, I believe the Steelers could offer him a respectable two-year deal that strengthens the depth and allows him some time to build his value. After not adding a true S in this draft, finding one on the market is a must.