10 upcoming free agent with obvious ties to the Steelers

Chicago Bears defensive back Jaylon Johnson (33)
Chicago Bears defensive back Jaylon Johnson (33) / Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports
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Steelers could sign Sean Bunting

A more clear-cut cornerback option for this defense is Sean Bunting. As stated previously, my primary concern at cornerback is what to do in the slot, but one could argue that outside cornerback is just as great of a need. Bunting can wear a lot of hats for this team and play both inside and outside.

Bunting was an intriguing small school option when the Buccaneers drafted him in the second round of the 2019 draft. While he became a fixture of their defense, other cornerback investments like Carlton Davis and Jamel Dean shined over him. Bunting became a third option and an occasional slot defender.

The Steelers liked him, as he visited with the team before the draft started. The need was there, as evident by the Justin Layne selection a round later, and there are plenty of reasons why the team would be attracted to him. In particular, he is a physical player and doesn’t mind playing the run.

He isn’t a dynamic name, and there will be better coverage cornerbacks available this season, but Buntin is coming off a reasonable deal and will likely be in line for a similar one this offseason. The connection is there, so don’t be surprised to see the two connect this year if Pittsburgh wants a more budget-friendly option for their defense.