3 free agent options who could replace Robert Spillane for Steelers in 2021
By Tommy Jaggi
K.J. Wright recently met with the Raiders and could be signing with a team soon. If the Steelers aren’t able to land him, perhaps B.J. Goodson could be an option. Goodson has never really been a household name, but he’s always been a solid football player and may have had his best season in 2020 as a member of the Cleveland Browns.
Goodson is a journeyman who has been on three teams in his first five seasons. Remarkably, he has still managed to start 43 games since entering the league in 2016. Last year, Goodson racked up 91 tackles and 6 pass defenses with the Browns in just 14 games.
The former Clemson linebacker shares a very similar thick body type to former Steelers linebacker Vince Williams. At 6’1” 242 pounds, Goodson is best when working near the line of scrimmage, but he also churned out a very respectable pass-coverage grade last season while dropping back.
Goodson doesn’t necessarily have any defining traits, but he’s better in nearly every area than Robert Spillane in addition to being a better athlete. This is an option the Steelers would explore.