5 free agents that could give Steelers new life in the New Year

Pittsburgh could give themselves a head start on 2024 with these free agent pickups.

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4. Connor Williams, C

Going back to the offensive line, the Steelers will also want to find themselves an answer at center. Veteran Mason Cole should be no where near the starting offensive line next year, if the organization truly wants to take a step forward.

Cole has actually been fine in the run game, but when it comes to protecting the quarterback, he has not gotten the job done. Cole has allowed 27 pressures, four hits and two sacks in 2023. He has also been penalized three times.

Current Miami Dolphins starting center Connor Williams, on the other hand, is one of the best at the position in all of football. He might be the very best run blocking center in the game while also being a top-shelf pass blocker. We could be looking at 2024's biggest contract handed out to an offensive lineman in a few months, here. And, if it were in Pittsburgh, it would be well-worth every cent paid.