3 free agents Steelers must sign after Week 1 win over Bills
By Andrew Falce
Steelers should sign Nick Easton
The next two signings are dedicated to fixing the offensive line.
Easily the weakest unit on the team, the Steelers have to find a way to get better play out of this group to both better their rushing and passing attacks. Some better interior play would be a big help, and a flexible interior lineman such as Nick Easton would be a huge get for Pittsburgh at this point.
Easton is far from an elite player, but he has proven to be a fine starting center and guard throughout his career so far. While the Steelers saw some decent play from their guards in Week 1, Kendrick Green was another story. While not the weakest member on the line, Green struggled to hold his own on pass-rushing reps and was regularly beaten by the Bills linemen. That should have been expected, though, as the rookie third-round pick had all of those same issues in college.
Signing a player like Easton can remedy that.
While Green should be the starter long-term, he could use some time to build his strength and technique as a blocker. Easton could come in and take starting reps at center right away in order to give Green some more time to improve.
As well, Trai Turner hasn’t been the model of health over his career. If he were to get injured, having a capable guard like Easton would be helpful as he could start in his play.
Due to his flexibility and talent, Easton should be an easy target for the Steelers to try and sign soon.