4 Bargain free agents the Steelers need to be targeting

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SS Tony Jefferson

The biggest name on this list as well as the one that makes the most sense has to be Tony Jefferson. After adding one of the best FS in the NFL in Minkah Fitzpatrick last season, the Steelers are staring at a problem across from him in Terrell Edmunds. This isn’t to say Edmunds is a horrible player, but he may be out of position as a pure SS. His style and strengths seem to indicate he would be best served as a pure a box safety and perhaps even a sub package LB.

With the current roster depth, this won’t be possible, as the Steelers have no options outside of their two starters on the roster. Jefferson would change that, and he would provide the Steelers with flexibility at the position. The team utilized three safeties often last year, so it’s not like there would be a lack of playing time for anyone on the roster. Adding Jefferson means the team can get more creative with Edmunds and have a savvy group protecting against the deep pass.

As well, Jefferson would provide some veteran leadership to a young group. Mix that in with his playstyle, and the Steelers would have a formable trio at safety. Now, the biggest issue will likely be his cost, but considering the time he has spent on the market, he may be willing to take a two-year deal worth in the range of 2-3 million dollars a year. Pricier than the other options on this list, but still a bargain for what he would bring to the Steelers.

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While it is unlikely the Steelers add any free agents before camp, keep in mind the four players listed above. Each of them has their share of deficiencies, but for the right price, they could be solid additions to the Steelers depth chart. Moves like these could pay dividends down the road for the Steelers Super Bowl hopes.