5 safeties Steelers can sign to replace Edmunds if he leaves

Jayron Kearse #27 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Jayron Kearse #27 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /
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Trevon Diggs #7 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates with Jayron Kearse #27. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

With the Steelers defense lacking a strong safety, one of these five free agents would make a lot of sense to bring in.

The Steelers entered this offseason with their starting strong safety, Terrell Edmunds, heading into free agency. As of now, there hasn’t been a deal struck between the two parties, and as a result, the team currently has no viable strong safety options.

Luckily for them, there are still a slew of free agents available to be signed. Here are five strong safeties the Steelers can sign if Edmunds signs elsewhere.

Steelers may sign Kearse

What a difference a single season makes. Last offseason, the Cowboys added Jayron Kearse as a depth piece to their secondary. He earned a role early on the defense and quickly became a starter. He never really looked back either, as he became an impact defender in the secondary. While it has taken quite a while, it seems as though Kearse has finally come into his own as a player.

Known for his unique size and incredible athleticism, Kearse was a project coming out of Clemson. He finally found his footing with the Cowboys though, and it seems like he should be a quality starter for any team that signs him going forward. He was a capable tackler, a decent pass rusher, and on top of all of that found a way to pick off two passes.

The main concern with Kearse is his limited starting experience. Signing him to any sort of major deal is banking on 2021 becoming his normal level of play, not an outlier. Assuming his next deal doesn’t break the bank (a safe assumption with the first wave of free agency wrapped up), Kearse should be a viable option to be signed to replace Edmunds.