Steelers fans were hoping that the team solved their issues at the linebacker position with what they did during the 2023 offseason. Pittsburgh had immense roster turnover at the position, and things were looking good until injuries derailed their plans.
Cole Holcomb suffered a torn ACL halfway through the season, while Kwon Alexander went down with a ruptured Achilles just one day later. These proved to be two devastating losses to their defense. While Holcomb will return following rehab, Alexander is no longer under contract, and even if Pittsburgh does want him back, he might not be the same following a major injury at his age.
Holcomb and Elandon Roberts are expected to be a quality pairing, Holcomb can't stay on the field and Roberts can't be forced into being an every-down linebacker when he does his best work coming downhill and defending the run.
Going the NFL Draft route is always an option to address this need, but I don't love spending valuable draft capital on off-ball linebackers when the Pittsburgh Steelers have roster needs at more important positions. Trading for a veteran linebacker or a LB with a year or two left on his rookie deal is a possibility the Steelers could explore if they want to use their draft capital elsewhere this April.