3 free agents Steelers must sign to fix defense for 2022
By Kody Duncan
The Pittsburgh Steelers have some serious issues on both sides of the ball.
At the beginning of the year, the Steelers defense was one of the best in the league, but the season has caught up to them and their flaws are now visible.
The Steelers need a lot of help next year to rebuild this franchise. With a salary cap of upward to 50 million in space, there is a lot of room to improve this team in free agency. The Steelers should improve their offense with the draft and add to their defense in free agency.
Here are 3 defensive players the Steelers must sign for 2022.
Cornerback- J.C Jackson, New England
The Pittsburgh Steelers need serious help in the secondary. Next year, Joe Haden will most likely not be back and the Steelers need a playmaker that can create turnovers. J.C Jackson is one of those type of guys. He will be an unrestricted free agent next year and the Steelers must pursue and sign him at all costs.
Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin have not been successful in the draft when it comes to selecting viable cornerbacks, so they should do the right thing and go after one of the best on the market for 2022.
J.C Jackson has 7 interceptions on the year with 1 forced fumble. He has allowed a passer rating of just 38.1 when he is targeted. He is currently getting paid close to 3.3 million this year and the Steelers should double or even triple that salary because they have the salary cap to do so. Jackson will only be 27 years of age next season which is considered still young for cornerbacks.
If Pittsburgh wants to have a good season next year, they need to build on to this secondary, and J.C Jackson is the first option Kevin Colbert should go to do so. I believe the Steelers will try and go after a dynamic playmaker like Jackson.