3 free agent LB’s Steelers could sign to push Devin Bush

Devin Bush #55 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
Devin Bush #55 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /
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Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Jaylon Smith (54) Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

Steelers could sign Smith

Take everything that was just said about Correa and shift over to a better athlete and slightly better coverage player in Jaylon Smith. The former Cowboy hasn’t been able to stick anywhere yet after his release, but that doesn’t mean he can’t play. He wasn’t a fit with the Packers, but he could come in and have an instant role as a run defender for the Steelers.

Smith had an amazing college career before a devastating knee injury almost ended his pro hopes. He recovered from that injury well with the Cowboys and for a while was a rising star in the league. Eventually, though, his pass coverage woes appeared on the field, and it was hard to justify the Cowboys paying him that much money with his limitations. That led to his release earlier this season.

Again, Smith shouldn’t be counted on to start for the Steelers at this point in the season. Instead, a role where he plays 30 percent of the snaps in base defense would suit him well. He doesn’t play on special teams, which is a downgrade from him to Correa, but he is the better athlete and better overall linebacker. Adding Smith on the cheap could be a quick solution to pushing Bush and helping the run defense get back on track.