Steelers hope to wait and sign Tyler Boyd at a discounted rate in free agency

The Steelers want to sign Tyler Boyd in Free Agency, but both are stuck at a standoff in negotiations.

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It has been a crazy off-season for the Steelers thus far, but that doesn't mean they're done adding. Rumors are out there that they still want to sign several more players. Names like Justin Simmons remain out there, but safety has already been addressed. Additionally, wide receiver remains one of the biggest holes on the roster after Pittsburgh traded away Diontae Johnson.

Tyler Boyd is one of the best remaining free agents out there. He has seen plenty of other names in free agency find new homes, but he has struggled to come to a decision. It could be him waiting for a better offer, or maybe he just doesn't know what to do because there is so little right now. There were three reported teams interested in Boyd, but that list is starting to shrink.

Tyler Boyd and the Steelers remain at a stand still in Free Agency

According to Spotrac, Boyd should sign a projected contract that is three years in length and worth under nine million per season. It seems like if any team was willing to give that to Boyd he would have signed by now. According to Mark Kaboly, the Steelers had a strong interest at the start of free agency. That interest has died down over the past week.

In that same report, it seems like Boyd might not be the top signing the Steelers want to cap off their massive free agency class with. The local kid would be a popular choice to bring onto the team, but the projected contract he is supposed to receive is pricey. As time goes on, Boyd may need to sign a more team-friendly contract.

We know that some of those three teams reported to have interest earlier and have added some receivers. Both the Jets and Panthers have already added receivers to their roster during the early portion of the offseason.

New York just signed Mike Williams and Carolina added Johnson from the Steelers via trade. That could mean Pittsburgh is one of the few teams still involved in negotiations.

They want a proven veteran presence who could be a good role model and teammate to George Pickens. Boyd would be a great candidate and someone who would be able to produce on offense. Ideally, he would be your third receiver on the team, and it seems like the Steelers will add a weapon early in the draft no matter if they sign Boyd or not. They remain in negotiations and the Steelers hope they can sign him for cheaper than his original ask.

If Pittsburgh can find a way to sign Boyd to a cheaper or at least short-term contract then it would be good value. Add that on top of taking a quality impact receiver in the top rounds of the upcoming draft and the Steelers might have a much better offense this season. If Pittsburgh wants to make this homecoming reality, they have more than enough cap space to pull it off.

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