5 free agents Steelers need to consider from the Super Bowl

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Antony Auclair (82) Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports /

Antony Auclair

Out of everyone on this list, Antony Auclair seems like the least well-known name. He was the fourth-best tight end for the Buccaneers going into the year and didn’t catch a single pass all season. Many fans will wonder why sign him then. Simply put, Auclair is a really sound blocker as a tight end. While his production as a receiver is limited, he can hold his own as a blocker.

With the recent retirement of Vance McDonald, the depth chart at tight end is thin. While the team can and should look towards the draft to get a future starter, having Auclair as the number three would be a good group. Auclair wouldn’t do much damage as a receiver, but he could serve as the blocking tight end. Considering the Steelers haven’t had a true blocking tight end since Matt Speath, it couldn’t hurt to add one this season.

Auclair will likely only command the minimum given his limitations as a receiver, but that should aid in the team’s pursuit of him. While he wouldn’t be a dynamic offensive weapon, he can serve the role as a third tight end. Given the run woes, adding a tight end that can be an effective blocker could go a long way in restoring that unit. He would be a low risk, low ceiling type of signing that carves out a role as a block first style tight end.