Steelers options at slot corner after releasing Arthur Maulet
By Dawson King
A free agent acquisition may be the Steelers best option
It is slim pickings in the free agency pool at this point of the offseason, but there are some names the Steelers could turn to for a team-friendly price. Bryce Callahan is one name that comes to mind that I would love for the Steelers to sign.
The former Los Angeles Charger recorded three interceptions and allowed just 38 receptions from the slot in 2022. Callahan is 31 years old and provides the Steelers' defense with experience and a skill set that clears any other slot corner the team currently has on the roster. It is a bit of a surprise that the former Charger has not found a new landing spot yet, and if the Steelers haven't given Callahan's agent a call yet, they definitely should.
The next best free agent option for the Steelers is another former Los Angeles cornerback. Troy Hill spent last season as a member of the LA Rams defense that failed to extend their success from the 2021 season into 2022. Hill showed some production intercepting one pass and allowing 41 receptions on 55 targets, via ESPN stats. The free agent corner like Bryce Callahan is also 31 years old and would give the Steeler's defense a much higher floor at the slot corner position than Chandon Sullivan or Duke Dawson could.
It is a real possibility that the Steelers hold steady and stick with who they currently have on the roster to start at the slot in 2023, but that does not mean it is a good idea. I have a hard time seeing Chandon Sullivan or Duke Dawson being the answer for this team's biggest weakness.
It would be quite a disappointment to see the Steelers fail to attempt to upgrade over who they currently have. Of all the scenarios discussed in this article, I imagine Steelers fans would much rather see a solid free-agent slot signing between Troy Hill and Bryce Callahan above all else.