5 free agent linebackers Steelers could sign to replace Vince Williams

Kwon Alexander #56 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Kwon Alexander (56) Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /

Steelers could sign Alexander

If the team really wanted to make another late offseason splash, they could go out and sign veteran Kwon Alexander. He is recovering from an achilleas injury but was visiting with the Saints recently, indicating that he could be healing up well enough to get back on the field soon. Injuries in general with Alexander are a concern, but his play when healthy is dominant. He can do anything you need, from stopping the run, to blitzing, to making coverage stops.

If the Steelers signed him, it would give them a potentially dynamic inside linebacking duo when he recovers from his injury. Both he and Bush are great athletes and would function well together. Alexander isn’t old either, as he will only be 27 this upcoming season. If the team isn’t completely set on starting Spillane, Alexander would make the most sense.

Alexander would likely need some time during training camp to continue his injury recovery, so Spillane could serve as the starter for that time. Even if Alexander isn’t ready by Week 1, it would give the Steelers a contingency plan at inside linebacker. Considering his injury history, Alexander could likely b had for the minimum or close to it. He may not be healthy enough by week one, but the moment he could step on the field, it would give the Steelers two of the best inside linebackers in the game.

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With Williams officially hanging it up, the Steelers could be in the hunt for a new starting linebacker. While Spillane will likely get the first crack at the job, the team could still use a veteran to better push him. These five free agents could be receiving a call sooner than later as the Steelers look to add to their inside linebacker room for the season.