Steelers 3 biggest positional needs as free agency continues

Offensive tackle Zach Banner #72 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)
Offensive tackle Zach Banner #72 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) /
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Tackle Alejandro Villanueva #78 of the Pittsburgh Steelers.(Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images) /

Steelers need to find an answer at left tackle

Al Villanueva has been the starter at left tackle for years but he will likely be gone soon in free agency. He did not have his best season last year and he is aging, so letting him go might be the best idea right now. If the draft falters and the Steelers cannot select one of the premier prospects at the position then maybe Villanueva won’t be entirely out of the cards. If he is still there after the draft then the black and gold could always circle back to the veteran option that he would provide to them.

Not only does Pittsburgh need to find their starter at left tackle, but they also need to find depth as well. They signed Joe Haeg in free agency and Chuks Okorafor is a swing tackle but they are not the best options. They are depth at the position and solid competition but finding the starter is a major need going forward.

That hole on the roster is begging to find an answer as the team is still looking for one currently. It is more likely to be addressed come the draft in April but there have been reports that the team is still in contact with Villanueva for a potential return. It seems like the team wishes to fill the void through the draft early on with one of their selections but if there are none available then bringing back this veteran option will become more plausible. If this is what occurs then do not be surprised if he signs a deal with many voidable years to squash his cap number. This would not be very nice for cap reasons into the future but the voidable years seem all the rage these days.

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The Steelers still have a lot of work to do after free agency began and that is ok. Their cap issues have made the draft the main avenue to address their needs for this team.