5 free agents the Steelers should have called during the bye week
By Tommy Jaggi
The Pittsburgh Steelers stand to be a playoff team in 2020, but these five free agents could boost their chances of winning a Super Bowl title this year.
Say what you want about the opponents Pittsburgh has played to begin the year, but the fact of the matter is that the Steelers are having their best start to an NFL season they have seen in 10 years. With a win on Sunday against the Eagles, it could be their best start in 40 years.
An amped-up defense led by likely Defensive Player of the Year candidate, T.J. Watt, has been remarkable in the early going. Watt and the Steelers defensive line have combined for the league lead in pressures and the best pass-rush win rate in the NFL, according to ESPN Analytics.
Offensively, things are off to a smoother start than normal. Though Ben Roethlisberger has missed some routine throws and hasn’t heaved the ball down the field a lot yet, the future Hall of Fame quarterback is taking care of the football – throwing 7 touchdowns compared to just 1 interception through the first three games.
However, despite their perfect record so far, Pittsburgh hasn’t been a perfect team. They have some positions that have held them back from being even deadlier than they have been in the early going. Thanks to a few injuries and poor play by some players Pittsburgh counted on this year, the Steelers have been good, but not great.
Before the season, general manager, Kevin Colbert, made sure to clear up nearly $10 million in cap space (according to Over the Cap) to be used when the situation called for it. Though the Steelers haven’t had any season-ending injuries outside of the ACL tear to Zach Banner, there are some talented free agents who are ripe for the picking that can help this team win football games. Here are five free agents they should have called during the bye week: