The Pittsburgh Steelers have filled holes throughout their roster through free agency and the draft, but there are some veteran players still available that could be good additions to the team.
There are some big names available which is surprising considering what time of year it is. The NFL Draft has come and gone so teams will swing back around to look for depth and potential role players for their respected clubs. The Steelers are not commonly very active during free agency, but they were before this year’s draft so perhaps they will be after the draft as well. There are still some positions that lack depth and experience. It would make sense for the Steelers to make some small deals with players before the season begins.
Damon “Snacks” Harrison, DL
This big man has had a lot of success in the league and has gained lucrative contracts in the past because of it. 31-year old Harrison currently registers at 351 pounds and is a formidable nose tackle. He could add another veteran presence along the defensive line and be an immovable player in the trenches.
He would be a welcomed addition as the Steelers seemed to struggle when it came to finding Javon Hargrave’s replacement so far during the off-season. With only adding players like Chris Wormley and seventh-round pick, Carlos Davis, they need help at the nose tackle.
Harrison would add great depth along the interior defensive line and much-needed experience. Plus he also has a great nickname that the fans would fall in love with.
Dre Kirkpatrick, CB
Yes, a former Bengal makes the list, a corner that struggled mightily last season. That should be taken with a grain of salt knowing that the entire team around him was absolutely terrible. Now is Kirkpatrick a great player? No. But he will add a nice veteran presence at the position and the Steelers were also rumored to have high interest in him in previous years.
Another position that would be very high on the list of needs is safety for the Steelers. Yes, they added a versatile safety in the draft but the lack of experience behind Fitzpatrick and Edmunds is concerning. Names like Tony Jefferson and Clayton Geathers come to mind for safeties available at the moment.
Clay Mathews, LB
Mathews is coming to the end of his career and one that could end up in Canton, Ohio. Now his age is a problem as the Steelers rarely sign players over the age of 30 let alone at age 34.
He can still rush the passer as he totaled eight sacks in 13 games for the Los Angles Rams. He would be a great depth signing and help give Bud Dupree and TJ Watt rest in games and allow third-round pick Alex Highsmith more time to learn and grow as a player.