8 offseason moves Steelers will regret not making in 2021
By Andrew Falce
Steelers should have signed Snead
Way back at the beginning of the offseason, I speculated that J.J. Smith-Schuster was going to be out the door due to his cost. As well, former Ravens slot receiver Willie Snead was set to be a free agent, and him coming to the team made a lot of sense. Smith-Schuster ultimately resigned for this upcoming season, but since Snead signed for so little, he still would have been a valuable asset to the team.
With Smith-Schuster hinting that he may play more on the outside this season, having another capable slot receiver would have been nice. Ray-Ray McCloud will likely fill that role this year, but he is far better suited as a gadget player as opposed to being a traditional receiver on a team. Snead could have been the top backup at the slot position as well as make this receiver room even deeper than it already is.
No, this wasn’t a must-sign for the Steelers, but considering Snead only got a minimum contract from the Raiders, he would have been affordable. While not a dynamic receiver, he is a tough inside option that runs sharp routes and makes physical catches. He would have made this receiving room that much better and would have provided the Steelers with a great option to play in the slot when Smith-Schuster plays more on the outside.