3 cheap free agents Steelers must add before the 2022 draft
By Andrew Falce
Steelers should sign Wilson
While losing three receivers was a blow for this offense, the team will almost certainly retool this position sooner rather than later. In a perfect world, the Steelers would land both a legitimate deep threat and a capable slot receiver in the draft but allocating two draft picks to receivers would be quite the expense. Finding a capable slot receiver before the draft opens the door to different receiving options.
Albert Wilson is a smaller, faster slot option than what the team possessed before. He has never been a major factor in an offense, but he is a capable slot option that can also stretch the field. On top of this, he can take shorter passes and win after the catch. Wilson can run any major route needed and can function both as a big-play threat and a safety valve.
He is coming off a relatively quiet season. On top of that, the receiver pool in the draft is insanely deep, further adding to his decrease in value. He could likely be had for close to the minimum if signed. This would allow the Steelers to look at either a typical slot receiver if needed or a deep threat. This means that the team can open up their options in the draft at receiver.