6 free agents Steelers should break the bank for in 2022
By Andrew Falce
Steelers must sign Scherff
Ever since being drafted in the top five of the 2015 draft, Brandon Scherff has been a consistent force along the interior of the Commanders offensive line. He made the early move from tackle to guard and his rare blend of athleticism and power makes him one of the best players at his position in the league.
He enters free agency after playing off the franchise tag twice and seems destined to be on a new team this year. At only thirty years old, Scherff has plenty of quality play in him left, as interior linemen can play well into their mid-thirties. The Steelers have a huge need at guard and Scherff would be a plug-and-play star there.
Since being drafted, Scherff has been voted to the Pro Bowl five times as well as getting an All-Pro nod in 2020. He is still playing at a high level as both a run and pass blocker. With the Steelers desperate for a good lineman, Scherff would easily become the best player among the group if added and would likely stay that way for the foreseeable future.
There is some inherent risk with adding Scherff. The veteran hasn’t played an entire season since 2016 due to injury. Add in the fact that his contract will likely outpace the rest of the guard market and there is some risk associated with signing him. The risk may be worth it though to land Scherff, as he is a premier player at his position.