How to make the Steelers competitive again in 2023
Steelers veteran minimum contracts
To fill out the remainder of the roster, the Steelers also sign the following players to veteran minimum contracts. These players could fill voids, but at a minimum, they can compete and make the roster better.
An undersized slot receiver only, Jamison Crowder has proven to be a viable and dependable slot weapon. He signed a cheap deal with the Bills, but injuries limited him for almost the entire season. That said, he can compete with the rest of the slot receiver room and potentially provide Pickett with another viable weapon.
I’ve called this reunion a few times, but I think Jesse James coming back to the Steelers makes a lot of sense. He can serve as a blocker or a receiver and would round out the roster. Conner Heyward will maintain his role as the hybrid third tight end and serve as the fullback. James would be the safety valve and injury replacement if needed.
Another popular name linked to the Steelers, Andrew Billings was, at one point, seen as an up-and-coming nose tackle. Injuries have derailed his career, but he rebounded a bit with the Raiders this season. He can come in and try to earn a roster spot as the primary nose tackle.
Rounding out the depth chart moves is another safety added to the roster. Justin Evans was a player that the Steelers had shown interest in way back when. He has never developed into a starter, but the Steelers could see if they can get anything out of him now.