4 free agents available that could still help the Steelers win the Super Bowl
I don’t know if the Steeler have explored this yet, but Marcell Dareus needs to be in black and gold.
Marcell Dareus was once one of the most dominant interior defensive linemen in the league. With his age, he more than likely would be fine with playing on a cheaper deal at a rotational capacity if it means winning a championship. Dareus is a former All-Pro and I don’t think there is anything anyone can say to me that would make me think this would not be a home run.
He is actually younger than starting defensive tackle Tyson Alualu and would be the best run-stopper in the interior of that line aside from maybe Alualu. He won’t provide a lot of splash, but the difference between Dareus and the interior depth for the Steelers in terms of stopping the run is astronomical. He would be a great piece to rotate with Alualu that would result in little-to-no dropoff in production while giving them both adequate rest and more than likely keeping these veterans healthy.
I have brought up the idea of Dareus being signed before. Watching Pittsburgh fail to contain Giovanni Bernard as he ran straight up the middle time and time again, even during a blowout victory for the Steelers, was upsetting. Alualu was back in this game, but clearly at a limited capacity.
I don’t think any of these moves would completely change the Steelers’ fortunes in 2020. However, even in the worst case, they provide slight upgrades for the Steelers where their weaknesses are right now. Every single one of these options would be an upgrade over their counterparts in either helping the run game or helping defend against the run game. That is why these four players would still be able to help Pittsburgh win a Super Bowl in 2020.