2 free agent prospects the Pittsburgh Steelers must consider signing this week

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This is a very similar signing as Poe would be and this would be a really good one

While Dontari Poe is a former 2-time pro-bowler, Marcell Dareus is a former 2-time Pro-Bowler and a former 1st team all-pro. His two best seasons were also 2013 and 2014, but he was a key rotational piece for the Jaguars’ incredible defense in 2017. Both of these guys were some of the best run stuffers in the league in their prime.

Marcell is my favorite option of the two. He didn’t just get cut a week ago because of his weight. I also think with him being a former all-pro, and being a part of one of the best defensive performances over the course of a season a team has had in the last decade means there isn’t much he hasn’t been able to do aside from winning a super bowl.

While I think he would be easier to sign because of this, he still has something to offer this team in terms of depth and as a good rotational defender against the run. Moreso, he and Dontari Poe had very similar timelines for the trajectory of their careers. Both of these guys are looking at the other side of the hill in terms of time left on the field. Dareus had a higher peak of the two while remaining relatively quiet off the field. I’ll take the all-pro that no one knows about over the pro-bowler that everyone knows about every single time. The fact that you likely don’t remember who he is, is more of a tribute to his quiet and less distracting tendencies off the field.

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That kind of demeanor is the perfect type of personality you want in a rotational/depth type role and that is what the Pittsburgh Steelers would be filling with either of these two signings. Neither of these would see the revival of their once great careers. Yet signing one of these men would help with the quality of depth issue that reared its head in Week 8. It would also give either of these players the perfect chance to end their careers on a high note. Either of these moves would make an impeccable amount of sense.