The Steelers carrousel at linebacker could continue after this season
Will this finally be the year where the black and gold find a consistent contributor in the middle of their defense? We will find out after they signed Cole Holcomb with the hope and belief that they will finally stop the revolving door at inside linebacker. Their latest free agent pickup does have some promise to him but will likely play a role that might be too much for him.
Another issue with Holcomb is the foot issue that he has been battling this offseason. That is going to be something to monitor, and hopefully, it will not evolve into a bigger problem anytime soon. His play and availability on the field will be the guide for Khan and company about Holcomb's future employment with the team.
Adding linebackers to short-term contracts during free agency has not worked too well for Pittsburgh in recent years. The hope is that if you keep recycling that idea maybe one of those additions will stick at some point. Holcomb seems to be more talented than the group they had last season, but he is not a sure bet to become a solid starter.
According to Over the Cap's website, which will be used in this article as a reference, cutting Holcomb after this year would save almost four and a half million bucks of cap space. Both he and Elandon Roberts (would save three and a half million if released) could be on the chopping block if what happened last year plays out again. The Steelers need to find answers at inside linebacker and Holcomb could be gone if he cannot prove to be the guy.