Steelers 2023 free agency big board targets during the bye week

James Bradberry #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field on October 30, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
James Bradberry #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field on October 30, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

The Steelers are not good this season so looking ahead to a potential free agency movement could be in full affect.

Pittsburgh still has about half of their season ahead of them to wrap up 2022 before they can officially set their sights on the new year. They currently do not have a lot of money to spend when free agency rolls around, but they could open some spending cash. Focusing on adding some cash to their pockets with contract restructures and terminations will help the Steelers immensely.

Orlando Brown could be a free agent option if cap space becomes available

Orlando Brown makes the first target on the free agency big board for the black and gold. He is a great talent at the left tackle position and is still young enough to give him a big contract. He might be outside of what the Steelers can afford currently, but he would set that left side in stone moving forward.

James Bradberry would be a great number one cornerback on the market

Cornerback is going to be a big need this offseason for Pittsburgh, especially if William Jackson III does not pan out. James Bradberry would be a tremendous add with him sliding into the top job on this defense. They need a young proven player like Bradberry on the outside to help solidify this secondary.

Tremaine Edmunds has connections to the Steelers through blood

Terrell Edmunds will be a priority re-sign for Pittsburgh during the offseason, but they might look at his brother too. Tremaine Edmunds got a lot of attention from the Steelers during his pre-draft process, but he was taken too early for them to select him. He would be a giant upgrade over any middle linebacker the black and gold currently employ.

Elgton Jenkins could be a nice offensive line backup option in free agency

Another offensive lineman hits this list as Elgton Jenkins would sign here as a tackle. He has done a lot of different things in Green Bay and position flexibility is one of them. He has helped them deal with injuries by playing at multiple positions and has done a nice job during his time at tackle.

Javon Hargrave would be a great reunion for the Steelers

Reunited and it feels so good? The jury may be still out on that sentiment, but Javon Hargrave returning to the Steelers would make a lot of sense. The fit and need make sense and that could lead to this becoming reality. Hargrave would be able to come in and replace the giant hole left behind by Stephon Tuitt.

Bradley Bozeman would make sense to upgrade at center

Before joining the Panthers this past season, Bradley Bozeman played at multiple positions for the Ravens. He has settled in nicely with Carolina and has become a steady contributor to their chaos. He could always re-sign there but he would be an upgrade over Mason Cole and could even slide into either guard spot for Pittsburgh.

Vonn Bell could be a replacement for Terrell Edmunds if he leaves town

Jumping ship and going to a division rival is not normal and it could happen for Vonn Bell. If Edmunds leaves the Steelers in free agency, they will need to find a replacement fast. They could always look in the draft, but Bell provides a great veteran presence that should team up with Minkah Fitzpatrick nicely.

Daron Payne would be a nice backup target at defensive line

Washington invested heavily into their defensive line through multiple draft choices, and they have to start paying them now. Daron Payne has been stout against the run throughout his career, but he is starting to come along as a pass rusher too. The Steelers desperately need to find help for an aging Cam Heyward and Payne would provide that.

Jonathan Jones could be another corner to monitor for the Steelers

Finding a cornerback to enter the fold to improve this defense is going to be difficult. Things could get less difficult with Jonathan Jones as the former undrafted free agent has made a name for himself. The Patriots know how to develop cornerbacks and Jones would provide an upgrade.

Tommy Townsend could fix the punting problem that is plaguing this team

Really? A punter? Yes, a punter makes the list here with the great consistency that Tommy Townsend has been able to provide the Chiefs in a harsh environment. Pressley Harvin III is a failed experiment at this point, and he should not have a job in the NFL. This would secure their punting position in the fight for field position.

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The Steelers do not have a ton of cap space to work with currently, but they could open up some more with changing contracts. These options would be great additions to the team as they try to add talent in bunches this upcoming offseason.