Joe Haden is still waiting for the right opportunity before signing with a club
Joe Haden is the most recent impact player for the Steelers to make this list. Some fans still hold onto the slightest hope that he will return to the team one way or another. The reality of that happening is not good now, but that could always change.
He was one of their best free-agent signings during the Kevin Colbert era and was with Pittsburgh for the past five seasons. It will be different to watch the defense take the field and not see him lineup against some of the opponent’s top receivers. He was a leader for this club, and he will be missed if he signs elsewhere.
Father time gets everyone, and each player has a different shelf life. Getting younger at the position was probably the wise move for the Steelers during this past offseason. Bringing Haden back at the current makeup of the roster does not make a ton of sense unless an injury occurs.
This veteran is still looking for work at this point in the offseason/pre-season process. Time is starting to run out for this player that has seemed to lose some speed as he gets older. Speculation seems to have him looking for a spot on a contending team, but many think the Steelers would have him on speed dial if one of their starters went down.
The Steelers have a lot of former players that currently sit in the free agency pool. Each one of them are at different junctures in their respective careers and hopes to find a team for 2022.