Ranking every Steelers position by need in 2023 offseason
Steelers position of need #11: TE
Need level: Luxury additions
I almost put a tight end as the least-needed spot (despite a lot of people clamoring for the team to invest in a tight end early in the draft). Pat Freiermuth is quickly becoming a top player at the position, Zach Gentry is a steady second option that can block, and Connor Heyward proved to be a versatile weapon for this offense.
The reason it ranks slightly higher than running back is twofold. For starters, Gentry is set to be a free agent this offseason. While bringing him back should be in the plans (if not, I will be far too sad to see him walk), he isn’t a lock to return. If he walks, the team will need a new backup option.
Secondly, I can see a world where the team is open to using Heyward as a combo tight end and fullback given his size. He shouldn’t only see snaps at fullback, but if the team wants to use him there, I would be fine with it. That would leave the door open for a fourth tight end to be on the roster to fill out the room. Still, this position is pretty set heading into 2023.