New Year, New Gear: 5 Free Agents the Steelers Should Target to Bolster the Offense

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The Steelers could sign Tyler Boyd

Sticking with the Bengals now, the team likely won’t be looking to add any huge names during free agency. If anything, the draft is the typical route the Steelers take to add receiver talent. That said, they could still use an upgrade at the slot position, and Tyler Boyd has proven to be one of the best there.

Pittsburgh has used Allen Robinson in that role this season to very poor results. On one hand, the expectation was never for Robinson to turn back the clock and return to his Pro Bowl form from a few years ago. On the other hand, he is a glorified tight end with little value after the catch and has a hefty price tag associated with his name.

Boyd is a mix of everything in the slot. While not the biggest player, he is known to make the physical catch when called upon. While not as spry as his younger self, he can still make a few guys miss and get some additional yards after the catch. Finally, while not his strongest element, Boyd can still be a down-the-field threat for an offense.

With Tee Higgins also a pending free agent and a massive Ja’Mar Chase contract looming, Boyd will likely be allowed to test free agency. Assuming the price is right, he would be a solid veteran addition to this squad and provide the team with a more consistent slot receiver. It would be a prudent move for a passing attack that has been lacking all season.