4 free agents Steelers should let walk in 2024

These guys need to go.

Pittsburgh Steelers, Damontae Kazee
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2. Kwon Alexander, LB

On one hand, this seems a little unfair. Veteran linebacker Kwon Alexander suffered a torn Achilles a little over a month ago and might not be ready for the start of the 2024 season. So, of course, the Steelers likely wouldn't bring him back anyway.

But, if we are trying to be realistic and objective, Alexander's play had been suspect the majority of the season, regardless. In five of his last six games before getting hurt, Alexander had become one of the worst tackling linebackers in the game. He had stooped to being anything but a sure thing.

Now, Alexander has never been an elite run stopper. He's rarely earned a positive season-long tackling grade from an outlet like Pro Football Focus. The Steelers liked Alexander primarily because of his coverage skills. But, on a team that has struggled so much against the run, Alexander's weakness was showing through more so than ever before.

Alexander will be 30 years old, coming off an Achilles injury, by the time next season starts. That doesn't bode well for his future in the NFL, overall.