Free agents Steelers must be pursuing right now

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Steelers could sign Jordan Jenkins

Despite the addition of Nick Herbig, the Steelers depth at edge rusher is poor. While Herbig is an interesting player, he lacks an ideal frame to be a full-time edge rusher. His length in particular stands out as an issue, as he struggled to make an impact against longer tackles while at Wisconsin.

This team could still use a capable third edge rusher, and Jordan Jenkins makes a lot of sense. He has a far better frame, is a proven pass rusher, and has settled into a reserve role over the past few seasons. Despite flashing at times early in his career with the Jets, Jenkins has become a viable backup.

He didn’t start a single game with Houston last year but still managed to rack up 2.5 sacks. He makes the most out of his opportunities and is a well-rounded defender. My main issue with Jenkins is that he has never been a consistent special teams player, but the Steelers could get by with that if he is the third option.

Jenkins would instantly boost the edge depth of this team and provide Pittsburgh with a more realistic rotation next year. He isn’t a dynamic player, but Jenkins would be a steady presence on the field and help relieve the starters. This team needs a more capable third-edge rusher, and Jenkins fits the mold of what the Steelers look for.