5 second-wave free agents Steelers must sign to fill roster

Geno Atkins #97 of the Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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Kyle Emanuel #51 of the San Diego Chargers (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) /

OLB Kyle Emanuel

Another position that has been depleted in recent weeks is the outside linebacker position, the edge rushers on this team are few. T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith are both capable starters, but behind them there is nobody. The team will almost certainly add a pass rusher in the draft but having a capable veteran to serve as the top backup would be a wise add.

Kyle Emanuel hasn’t been a standout during his career, but as a reserve, the team could do worse. Emanuel played out his entire rookie contract with the Chargers and even started 32 games in that span. Unfortunately, he never developed into much of a pass-rushing ace and he failed to make an impact last year between two teams. With low expectations though, the Steelers could get a capable backup.

Better yet, when integrated into the roster, Emanuel is an established special teamer. He can add value there while also serving as a rotational player. Considering he will likely play for the minimum; he could begin the process of rebuilding the Steelers’ edge depth. He has enough talent to stick around and make an impact and it would be wise for the team to look to sign him in the next wave of free agency.