4 former Steelers who failed with new teams in 2023

There were a few prominent former Steelers sprinkled around the league in new threads for the 2023 season. It turns out the Steelers were right to let these players go.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers underwent a fairly substantial overhaul in the 2023 offseason. Some additions have already been let go, such as Patrick Peterson and Allen Robinson. Others made solid contributions, such as Elandon Roberts and Isaac Seumalo.

But for those additions to arrive, there had to be subtractions. Some players are easier to watch play for another team than others. Of course, we don't necessarily hope their careers take a downturn, but it's the nature of the NFL.

Of the players that departed the Steelers organization in 2023, four were particularly awful for their new teams. Whether through being unproductive, unable to see the field, or nearing a state of borderline unemployable, the Steelers were proven to be justified in letting these players walk.

Terrell Edmunds Toughs Out Tumultuous Trade from Philly to Tennessee

It hurts to write negative things about Terrell Edmunds. Truthfully, many fans in Pittsburgh would like to see him rejoin the Steelers in 2024. But his foray into the wild unknown of free agency did him no favors.

After five solid years in Pittsburgh as a box safety, Edmunds signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. At first glance, it seemed like a good fit with plenty of talent around him, especially on the defensive line and with Darius Slay manning a cornerback spot. That couldn't have been further from the case.

Edmunds played in seven games for the Eagles, starting in only three games. He allowed 63% of the passes in his zone to be completed, had no pass deflections, and only secured 28 tackles. The Eagles saw enough and traded him for Kevin Byard to the Tennessee Titans.

The Titans were a bad team that only got worse without Byard. While he didn't last in Philly either, Byard is a different player entirely from Edmunds and a more talented one at that.

Edmunds started one game in the nine he played for Tennessee, grabbing 20 more tackles and an interception along the way.

After a harsh 2023 season, the former first round pick may not be viewed as a full-time starter in the league anymore. Still, a return to Pittsburgh might not be the worst thing for him. He did have solid performances in his final two seasons with the team and he'll be cheaper than ever.