8 free agent receivers the Steelers can sign to replace JuJu
By Andrew Falce
Steelers could sign Crowder
In the middle of this list falls the most stereotypical and model slot receiver: Jamison Crowder. He has been in the league for what seems like forever, and while he has never been an elite receiver, he is a stable and consistent slot target. He won’t burn any defense and he won’t make contested catches down the field, but he excels at coming down with the tough catch and moving the chains.
That is something the Steelers lost when Smith-Schuster went down. Suddenly, the offense didn’t have the tough and gritty slot receiver to depend upon. Crowder would fix that to an extent, as the veteran has been a model of consistency. While a little older, that may actually benefit a young receiving room. Crowder wouldn’t only be a starting slot receiver, but he can also be a mentor for the up-and-coming receivers.
His deal almost certainly won’t break the bank, as his upside going forward is essentially nonexistent. Every team knows what he provides and knows they won’t get much more out of him. That said, if he were to come to the Steelers, he could instantly solve their slot problems and be a dependable target for the team. He is a safe choice for a team in need of a slot receiver.