5 free agents we can be glad the Steelers didn’t sign in 2022
Christian Kirk signed a 4 year, $72 million (could go up to $84 million with incentives) with the Jacksonville Jaguars
This was the biggest shocker of the entire craziness that was the free agency contracts that were signed. It wasn’t crazy to link Christian Kirk with the Jacksonville Jaguars as the fit and need were both there. The amount of money that this rebuilding team gave to this receiver was such a huge over-pay that many couldn’t believe it.
This signing was labeled a bust as soon as the ink started signing on the paper. It is an ugly deal for the Jaguars and one many in the NFL cannot figure out. This is a decent player, but he is not a dynamic number one option like this contract would have you believe.
The Steelers should have shown interest in this player with his speed and ability to provide snaps as a slot receiver. They know better than to shell out this deal to a player that never has passed 1,000 receiving yards in a single season. Kirk is a decent target, but not even remotely close to that price.
This was highway robbery by Kirk and his agents, and good for them. You cannot blame a player for cashing in and getting as much money as possible, they deserve it. The Steelers were smart to stay as far away as possible and build back this position in the draft for cheaper. You pay great players big money, not above average players that could be easily replaced.
The Steelers made some questionable moves themselves, but for the most part, those contracts were safe. They could have done much worse by going after these free agents.