I'm sure fans can find plenty of things to complain about this offseason, but complacency won't be one of them. Though we may not agree with all of the moves the Pittsburgh Steelers have made to this point, we can't say that the front office isn't taking preemptive measures to ensure that the team is improved in 2023.
It's been a wild ride early in free agency -- much more so than what we could have predicted for a team short on cap space. The crazy thing is that Pittsburgh might not even be done yet. Here's the latest Steelers news as it pertains to free-agent moves, losses, and finances.
In just a matter of days, the Steelers linebacker corps looks completely different than it did during the 2022 season. Pittsburgh has moved on from players like Myles Jack, Devin Bush, and Robert Spillane and replaced them with Cole Holcomb and Elandon Roberts. For the time being, this means that 2022 rookie Mark Robinson would slide up to the third off-ball linebacker role on the depth chart.
The Steelers have moved away from some passive players who were underwhelming a season ago and have gone to some overaggressive thumpers who excel at coming downhill. Unfortunately, these linebackers are still concerning in coverage, and they may look to add a player in the NFL Draft who could help them in this regard. However, a flurry of moves the past couple of days has the LB room looking very different.
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After a somewhat extensive wait, we finally have the official contract details for Cole Holcomb. We knew that the Steelers had signed the former Commanders linebacker to a three-year contract, but fans were waiting to see what the money would look like.
On Thursday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported that Holcomb had passed his physical and was officially signed. He added that the deal was for $18 million over three years -- an average annual salary of $6 million. This is close to the figure we predicted, but it comes at somewhat of a risk. Holcomb's 2022 season was cut short after just 7 games with season-ending foot surgery.
As a result, Holcomb was an under-the-radar prospect in free agency who has played sneaky well in the past for Washington. If he can return to pre-injury form, the Steelers could be getting a good deal here.
On Thursday afternoon, Ryan Glasspiegel of the New York Post reported that Greg Gumbel will not be covering NFL games with CBS for the first time in over 30 years. The long-time host signed a new deal to remain the host of the NCAA Tournament but will discontinue his work with NFL football coverage. Gumbel is 76 years old.