Grading the Steelers 9 free agent signings from 2022 moves
By Andrew Falce
Steelers sign Wallace and Witherspoon
Contract: 2-years, 8 million
This is a combined grade, as both cornerbacks got nearly identical deals and will likely figure in as starters. While neither name is a true lockdown cornerback, both have flashed quality starting abilities. Ahkello Witherspoon became the Steelers best cornerback last season after he finally earned a helmet. He has been streaky in the past, but for the money he got this was a fine deal.
The other signing is easily one of the most underrated moves by the Steelers this offseason. Levi Wallace may not be a household name, but he has been incredibly consistent during his time as a Bills cornerback. I have zero issues with him being a starter and think that he will likely outplay his contract. He is battle-tested and has been a valuable cornerback to this point in his career.
The above image is a compilation of his first four years in the league. Wallace has consistently been graded by PFF in the mid to high 60s and has never given up an average QBR of 85.5 over a season. He did all of this while regularly being tested since he was lined up across from Tre’Davious White. He is exactly what you want in a second cornerback.
The biggest issue I’ve seen people complain about with him is his lack of tested athleticism. While his RAS number is bad, a common theme in the Steelers cornerback room, it hasn’t proven to be an issue yet for Wallace. As well, Witherspoon rejoining the team gives them a more athletic starter to work within the secondary. I see both being significant starters for this team and getting a player like that for 4 million a season is a great deal.