Free agency is not the normal way of business for the Steelers throughout their history. That train of thought has started to fall away as it seems each year Pittsburgh is trying their best to acquire talent through the free agency process. They have become more aggressive as each year passes by. Omar Khan will try and keep that trend going this upcoming offseason.
The biggest issue here is that the team has too much money tied to the cap right now. That can change quickly will some cap casualties and contracts being re-negotiated. Pittsburgh could make a lot of spending changes if they wish to accomplish that task. There is a lot of work ahead of this club if they want to make the Steelers of next year a much better team.
Trenton Brown would make a significant upgrade at offensive tackle
Broderick Jones has been good since becoming the starter at right tackle for the Steelers. Most have to imagine that Jones will be a starting left tackle at some point during his career. Even though he has done a terrific job on the right side, he needs to become the upgrade over Dan Moore Jr. that most have begged for.
Free agency could be a costly process, especially when you look at the tackle market. Left tackles are the most pricey free agents out there along with quarterbacks and such. The Steeler's offensive line would be much better if Jones could slide over to the left and sign someone like Trenton Brown. He is scheduled to become a free agent following this season with the New England Patriots.
He has been one of the better tackles in the NFL and should command a decent market. If Pittsburgh releases Chuks Okorafor, then they will be in the market for at least a depth tackle. Brown would allow Jones to move to the left side and force Moore to a depth tackle role. That would solidify their tackle spots moving forward and get this offensive line to an elite level.