Steelers offseason positional primer: Unveiling every offensive line option for 2024

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Steelers free agent offensive line options

I’ll be honest, I don’t love the free-agent options for the Steelers in this class. In particular, the need for a tackle is a hard purchase to justify. Tackles are a premium position, so even the middling ones get paid. Just look at the deal Okorafor got.

The top tackle in this class is seemingly Jonah Williams. The soon-to-be former Bengals tackle has had an up-and-down career. Despite those issues, he is projected to earn a sizable deal with his new team.

A fit that really makes sense is Trent Brown. While an older option he fits the mold of the massive tackle build that this team loves. He can return to right tackle and allow Jones to move back to left tackle.

While Moore isn’t perfect, he can again be a serviceable starter in the short term and a cheap depth player if on the bench. If there was an elite tackle in free agency, I would be all for it. That name doesn’t exist though.

Center options are a different story. I would prefer to draft a franchise name, but if the team wants to go the free-agency route they can land an elite name like Connor Williams. He has developed into a top center, is still young, and would provide an instant upgrade for this team at a notable cost.

You could also target a more mid-range free agent, one better than Cole was a few seasons ago but not commanding the elite money Williams will. Names that stick out there are Lloyd Cushenberry and Tyler Biadasz, as both are young, solid and should be signed at a reasonable rate.

If the draft is really the focus here, you can sign someone as cheap depth. I personally like Matt Hennessy, as he looked decent as a starter before injuries forced him off the field his last two seasons. A minimum contract could bring him in as insurance and as core depth behind the rookie.