3 shots the Pittsburgh Steelers should still make in the NFL offseason
The Pittsburgh Steelers are looking to regain their relevance within the AFC following a loss to division rivals Cleveland Browns in the wildcard round last January.
It looks like Mike Tomlin’s team has fallen behind their conference counterparts. However, the presence of Ben Roethlisberger and an ever-elite skill group still has Pittsburgh in the playoff conversation.
With training camp set to start at the end of next month, there are still a few things GM Kevin Colbert and Co. needs to tick off his to-do list. Below, we take a look at three moves the Pittsburgh Steelers are still expected to make this offseason.
Pittsburgh Steelers sign Trai Turner
A surprise exit from the Los Angeles Chargers earlier this offseason, the five-time Pro Bowl goalie recently visited the Steelers. This makes perfect sense given Pittsburgh’s struggles with the motionless Big Ben. For now, Kevin Dotson would likely be Pittsburgh’s Week 1 starting left goalie. The former fourth-round pick started four games as a rookie last season.
At Turner, the Steelers would acquire a player who has won five Pro Bowl appearances in the past six seasons. Sure, he’s coming out of an injury-plagued 2020 campaign that saw him miss seven games, but it would have come on the cheap and offer the Steelers an interim option alongside new starting left tackle Chukwuma Okorafor.
Pittsburgh Steelers sign TJ Watt for record overtime
We previously focused on why Watt shouldn’t be in a rush to sign what will likely be a record-breaking extension this summer. There are several reasons for this. Primarily, the market dictates the value as much as the performance of the players. Said market on the defensive side of the ball will likely reset several times before Watt is expected to hit free agency next March. Put simply, the dominant rusher would likely make more money in the long run if he let this unfold throughout the 2021 NFL season.
This is one of the reasons it makes perfect sense for the Pittsburgh Steelers to lock up Watt before training camp. The former Wisconsin first-round pick was absolutely dominant for four seasons in the NFL – registering a total of 111 hits and 49.5 sacks during that time. Even though it sits well north of $ 20 million a year, Pittsburgh would be smart to put it in that record-breaking expansion here within the next month.
Pittsburgh Steelers sign Richard Sherman
It wasn’t the Steelers’ MO under Colbert that hit the free agent market hard. The team tends to seek value and veterans late in the process. Taking over former Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden from division rival Cleveland Browns in August 2017 is a recent example. Could the Steelers follow suit and add depth to the same position here soon?
To say Pittsburgh needs help behind Haden at cornerback would be an understatement. He took out Steven Nelson early in the offseason. Adding Sherman to the mix would make a lot of sense with Haden expected to start on one side and Cameron Sutton as the team’s main slot man. The future Hall of Famer has also indicated that he would like to hang on to a competitor. Despite their premature exit from the playoffs a season ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers could still qualify.