5 free agents Steelers need to consider from the Super Bowl

Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Here are five pending free agents that the Steelers need to be watching in the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is quickly coming up, and while the Steelers, unfortunately, won’t be participating in it, they should still have plenty of interest in who is set to play. Both the Buccaneers and the Chiefs have a decent crop of free agents set to get new contracts in the offseason, and while the top names will be priced out of the team’s budget, some of the reserves make sense for the team.

Here are five pending free agents that the Steelers have to be watching during the Super Bowl.

Joe Haeg

The Steelers will certainly be looking to boost their offensive line with some new faces this offseason, as the team is set to lose potentially three starters. For a line that has been so stable for the past few years, it will be tough to expect the same level of consistency with what should be a shuffled roster. While the Steelers will almost definitely invest a high round pick into an offensive lineman, it would be a wise move to look to sign one as well. The team should have a few options to pick from, but Buccaneers reserve Joe Haeg could be a good value.

Haeg will be entering his sixth year in the league next year, and his experience would make him a savvy backup at both left and right tackle. While he started off his career as a starter, injuries and mediocre play has caused him to become more of a backup and a swing tackle now. That would be just fine for the Steelers as their starting tackles are likely set next year. If the team got him to sign, they could look to use a day three pick on more of a developmental guy as well.

In the end, it will come down to cost, as the Steelers won’t have a lot of money to spend this year. He is playing on a contract that is paying him 2.3 million this season, and it is doubtful the team would even be close to matching that. That said, given his role this year and the likely lowering of the cap, Haeg could be had for the veteran minimum. Assuming his contract isn’t much more than that, the team could have a decent swing tackle and reserve going into next year on a cheap contract.