Another year of goodbyes for the Steelers and this roster bubble player
One position that has significantly gotten better since the post-draft process has been outside linebacker. T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith are the stars, but those behind them left a little meat on the bone in terms of quality. Nick Herbig was a solid selection in the fourth round, but there needed to be another answer.
Signing someone like Markus Golden was a great free agent addition by Omar Khan and his team. Golden is a veteran that has proven to be a force in the NFL over the last nine seasons of his career. He has been spotty in terms of sack production in his NFL career, but he brings a lot to the room in terms of experience and leadership.
Taking Herbig in the draft to develop behind a known starter in Golden is a smart move. He can help the rookie learn and play a significant role as a third option behind the two starters at outside linebacker for this defense. That does create an issue for someone like Quincy Roche to make this roster.
Roche created a lot of production during his time in college at Miami, but that did not help him make the team two years ago. He spent his time with the New York Giants before returning this season. He has an uphill battle as the Steelers normally keep four outside linebackers and they will likely go with Watt, Highsmith, Herbig, and Golden.