5 safeties Steelers can replace Terrell Edmunds with in 2022
By Andrew Falce
Steelers could start Diggs
If the team wants to add a veteran to this defensive backs room, Quandre Diggs would fit the bill. He has been a regular starter for both the Lions and Seahawks and is still playing good football despite getting close to the age of 30. Of all of the names on this list, Diggs is easily the most consistent and reliable. He isn’t a flashy player, but he consistently does a good job of patrolling the secondary.
Where he struggles with is his run defense. He is far better suited to be covering tight ends or slot receivers as opposed to playing close to the line. While he can serve as a box safety, he is more of a coverage-based strong safety. With Minkah Fitzpatrick already occupying the role as a coverage safety, Diggs would be a bit redundant as a coverage-based strong safety.
As well, his play quality will likely lead to a moderate-sized contract for Diggs. With the Steelers having so many needs on this roster, dedicating a significant amount of their cap space to a safety wouldn’t be wise. This is especially so when Fitzpatrick will get an expensive new deal at some point this offseason. That said, if the Steelers want a consistent and capable starter, Diggs would fit the mold.