5 biggest regrets of the 2020 offseason for the Steelers

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Not adding an ILB

The Steelers have struggled to find consistency at ILB ever since Ryan Shazier’s unfortunate injury. While the Steelers seemed to have struck gold with Devin Bush, there are questions about who will start next to him. Even worse, the Steelers have major questions behind their starters.

While Ulysees Gilbert III looked like an early sleeper last year, his injury mid-year coupled with the lack of a preseason this year will likely mean he can’t show that he is ready for an expanded role. That means if an injury occurs, the Steelers will likely be facing some serious questions as to who will step up and fill that void.

Using a mid-round draft pick on a player wouldn’t have fixed much of this, unfortunately. Instead, the Steelers could have opted to sign a low-level veteran who could have filled in as a capable third option. Players like Jatavis Brown, Jake Ryan, and Reggie Ragland were all signed for deals around or under 1 million dollars per year. Any of those three would present safer options than Gilbert III. Unless the Steelers feel absolutely confident in him, they should have added a viable backup.