3-step rebuild for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2022 offseason
By Kody Duncan
Step 2: Fix the Secondary
With Joe Haden and Terrell Edmunds most likely on their way out of Pittsburgh after this year, it is time to start looking at how to rebuild and improve the secondary for next season. There are two guys I have in mind when it comes to rebuilding this secondary.
The first player that the Steelers should be all over during the off-season is soon to be unrestricted free agent cornerback, J.C Jackson. Jackson leads the AFC in interceptions with 8 in the regular season. The Steelers desperately need a playmaker to go alongside Minkah Fitzpatrick in the backfield and Jackson would be perfect for this team.
Jackson also ranks 1st in passes defended this year in all of football. The Steelers are going into the 2022 season with a young offensive team, so the defense will need to make big plays to keep the team in the game.
The next player I would like the Steelers to get for the secondary comes in the draft. His name is Lewis Cine, a Safety from the University of Georgia. Cine is projected to go in the middle rounds of the draft and if he falls to the Steelers, they should draft him. He stands at 6’1″ and weighs 200 pounds. He currently has 66 tackles, 1 interception, and 1 tackle for loss, and 8 passes defended on the year.
He is a bigger safety that would be a great help for the Steelers run defense, which currently ranks last in the NFL. With these two additions to the secondary, I believe the defense will be on the right track to stay as one of the best defenses in the league.