Steelers bring back free agent CB James Pierre on a one-year contract
By Tommy Jaggi
Even after the Patrick Peterson addition early in free agency, a lot of questions remained for the Pittsburgh Steelers. This team recently lost their top cornerback in Cameron Sutton and is void of depth, youth, and upside.
On Tuesday afternoon, we received confirmation that James Pierre would be returning to the team on a one-year deal, Teresa Varley of Steelers.com confirms This comes after Pittsburgh chose not to pick up his restricted tender -- allowing him to test the market.
At this time, no details of his contract have been released, but we would have to assume that this is bordering on the veteran minimum. Pierre has been a solid, but unspectacular player for the Steelers during his three-year stint.
During this, the former Florida Atlantic CB and undrafted free agent started just 6 of 50 games he suited up for -- serving as a depth option at the position. Pierre recorded 86 tackles and 2 interceptions since signing with the team in 2020, according to ESPN stats.
James Pierre signing won't change Steelers draft plans
The Pierre addition doesn't really change things when it comes to the upcoming NFL Draft for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They still have a severe lack of depth and upside on the roster, and adding a slightly younger player than what they have doesn't change that. We would have to assume that Pittsburgh is still very much in the market for adding a cornerback -- possibly even as early as the 17th pick in the draft.
Pierre has been detrimental at times on the field due to his lack of top-end speed -- causing him to get burned down the field by faster receivers. Still, he's a serviceable depth option and quality special teams player.
This signing gives the Pittsburgh Steelers some depth at the bottom of their roster. James Pierre is a player who seems to land on the right side of the roster bubble every year, but with another impending addition, he could be on the outside looking in when it comes to making the final 53.