Ranking the Steelers best remaining safety options in free agency
By Tommy Jaggi
2. Steelers could target Nasir Adderley
Nasir Adderley was a former second-round pick by the Chargers back in 2019 who had a drastic learning curve going from Delaware to the NFL. As a result, his career started off very slowly. He appeared in just 4 games as a rookie before becoming a full-time starter in his second season.
Adderley's best two seasons came in each of the past two years, but his performance wasn't anything to write home about. Regardless, adding a 25-year-old safety for depth purposes could still be a good play for a team like the Steelers.
There are other names on this list who have been better in recent years, but Adderley offers youth, depth, and flexibility. At 5'11 3/4'' and 206 pounds, the former Charger isn't a thumping box safety, but he's a smooth mover in the secondary who can line up all over the place. Last year, he played 522 snaps at free safety while chipping in 191 snaps from the box and 161 snaps at slot cornerback, per Pro Football Focus.
Again, the Steelers don't have a competent option on the team at the moment who can man the slot position, and Adderley at least gives them another player who can do that. He's not the run defender like many of the other safeties sitting in free agency, but he's got good coverage skills and can wear multiple hats.