Steelers free agency do-over #4: the safety room
Another market that has been depressed in recent years, the Steelers had quite the change-up at safety this season. While Minkah Fitzpatrick is the obvious mainstay, the team was set to let Terrell Edmunds test free agency once again this offseason. Instead of returning on a team-friendly deal, he ultimately signed with the Eagles.
There were two notable moves to this room. The first was bringing back Damontae Kazee on a two-year deal, and they later added Keanu Neal to provide the bigger box safety role. I think both can work well together, but there were definitely better values to be had in this market.
Edmunds stands out as one such player that would have made better sense. While fans are quick to dismiss him, he developed into a steady contributor on this defense. No, it wasn’t perfect, but Edmunds knows his way around this defense and would have been a welcome return in my opinion. He is only playing for two million dollars this season.
Two other names stick out as fits for this defense that signed elsewhere on the cheap. Mike Edwards can play either safety spot and is a versatile piece in a secondary. H joined the Chiefs on a one-year deal worth three million dollars
If the team wanted more of the traditional box safety, Taylor Rapp was also available and signed a one-year deal for less than 1.8 million dollars. He is a similar player as Neal (run defender that lacks coverage skills), but he is younger and has less of a track record with injuries.
I don’t hate the Steelers safety room right now, right but there were better values to be had elsewhere. Neal and Kazee should be able to hold their own, but they could have found some better pieces to work into this secondary and at a better price.
The Steelers had a busy offseason, and while the roster has been completely shaken up, there were other moves I would have rather made. If it were up to me, I would have targeted the players above, as they would be my top free agency do-overs for the Steelers this year.