5 bargain free agents the Steelers must sign this offseason

Marlon Mack #25 of the Indianapolis Colts. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
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The Steelers are not looking to rebuild just yet. Here are five budget free agents Pittsburgh needs to target this offseason. 

While the Steelers have never been a team flush with salary cap space, this year will prove to be a tough one. With the total cap space likely floating around $180 million, the team will be forced to make quite a few tough decisions.

This doesn’t mean they can’t target some free agents, it just means that the free agents they will be targeting will be cheaper than what has been seen over the past few offseasons. Here are five cheap free agents the team could try to sign.

WR Dede Westbrook

While a name that certainly won’t inspire many fans, the Steelers could do far worse than having Dede Westbrook as their starting slot receiver in 2021. The soon-to-be-former Jaguar is what he is at this point – an average to slightly below average slot receiver. He doesn’t have a defining trait, and instead relies on not being the top target and producing well enough for a slot option. Would the team want him around long-term? No, but a one-year, veteran minimum contract for Westbrook could intrigue the team.

Though the Steelers already have three receivers that are better than Westbrook, they are lacking true slot threats. Westbrook could come in and fill that role well enough, so the team doesn’t have to invest an early draft pick in it. While the team excels at drafting receivers, they have a lot of holes that will need to be filled this year. Westbrook is a band-aid, but one that the team could utilize in the short-term. Add in his return ability, and he could really help fill out this depth chart.