Steelers target from the Vikings: DB Josh Metellus
There are two names that the Steelers should have circled on the Vikings roster heading into training camp. My personal choice, although it was a close one, is defensive back Josh Metellus. The versatile safety could seemingly be on his way off of Minnesota’s roster.
The Steelers were all over Metellus when he came out from Michigan a few years back. Though he's a safety on paper, he fits the mold of a run defender and box player. There were a lot of rumors that he would make a more permanent move as a linebacker once he entered the league, but that hasn’t materialized yet.
He could serve in that role with the Steelers, as they are lacking a traditional coverage linebacker. While Keanu Neal could potentially fill that role, the Steelers may also want to keep him at safety as opposed to kicking him down into a hybrid linebacker role. Metellus could be a more permanent fixture there.
On top of all of this, Metellus is a core special teams player, so even if he didn’t carve out a role on defense, he could continue to provide value on coverage units. Everything is lining up for Metellus to join this squad if he is cut by the Vikings.
Others considered: RB Kene Nwangwu
Talk about the literally perfect third running back for the Steelers to potentially bring in. Kene Nwangwu has the speed this team is lacking at the position. He is also a valid return man, meaning he can serve in more roles than just on offense. I’d be thrilled if either of these players joined the roster this offseason.