Free agent targets Steelers must break the bank for in 2023

Feb 12, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, US; Philadelphia Eagles safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson (23) before
Feb 12, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, US; Philadelphia Eagles safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson (23) before / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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The new league year for the NFL is right around the corner, and that means the Steelers will have to be ready to attack free agency. While the team won’t be the most aggressive or the biggest spenders, they should have some room to make some decent moves to help improve this roster.

While they won’t sign every big-name player, this is a year where they should be willing to open their checkbook for some premiere talent. This roster is lacking it, and while building through the draft is a fine strategy, this team needs to fill some holes now while Kenny Pickett is on a rookie deal. Here are six free agents the Steelers should break the bank for.

6. Rock Ya-Sin could fix some Steelers cornerback issues

The question still looms if the Steelers will end up bringing back veteran cornerback Cameron Sutton. While I am optimistic, the team has to have a contingency plan if he ends up departing. While his leaving would open up a huge hole in the slot, Sutton also is an outside cornerback. A player like Rock Ya-Sin would make sense as an outside target.

It was a slower start to his career, as Ya-Sin had a bit of a learning curve once entering the NFL. A very physical player, he excelled in man coverage and against the run but lacked elsewhere. Since being traded to the Raiders, Ya-Sin has come into his own though, having arguably his two best seasons as a pro.

Ya-Sin is a capable starter who is still developing as a pro. The Steelers were very interested in him coming out of the draft, so adding him in free agency seems like a natural fit. He can upgrade an outside cornerback spot and help make this secondary better moving forward. He won’t be the highest-priced defensive back, but he should see a healthy-sized deal that Pittsburgh ought to consider.