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Taking a Look at Free Agents for the Steelers and Possible Offers

The “rush” of Free Agency is coming to an end. Most, if not all of the big names have been signed. Here’s a look at some of the remaining free agents who could be a perfect fit for the Pittsburgh Steelers:

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Zach Brown (ILB): 2 years, 15 million  – Brown has been cut (finally) from the Redskins.  He is a solid, consistent inside linebacker who is a starter in this league. He has done well in coverage, even if he is no Ryan Shazier. With a 4.50 40-yard dash, Brown is athletic and a good fit for the Steelers scheme. If he had been released earlier, he would have undoubtedly been the most athletic linebacker on the market (yes, even more athletic than Jordan Hicks or C.J. Mosley). 7.5 Million a year is definitely pricey, but on a short-term contract, likely without much guarantees, this could be great value for the team.

Justin Houston (OLB): 3 years, 24 million – The Steelers have been linked to the former Chiefs linebacker for the last couple of days. Houston was set to make 15 million this season before the Chiefs released the 29 year old. While he isn’t worth that price tag he still is very good. He recorded 9 sacks in 12 games last season. He also added 5 forced fumbles.

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Randall Cobb (WR): 2 years, 11 million – 5.5 million might be a discount on Cobb as well, but he simply hasn’t done much of anything in recent memory. He is smaller, like Tate, but he is much, much better value at a significantly lower price. He has definitely shown that when he is at his best, he is a play-maker. He just needs to be “at his best” right now, for the Steelers.

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Laquan Treadwell (WR): (Cut/trade candidate) – This one is highly, highly debatable but if anyone can revive Treadwell’s career, it’s Ben Roethlisberger. Treadwell was a massive bust in Minnesota and should be dirt cheap. If nothing else, he can be a special-teamer to replace Derrius Heyward-Bey.

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Chris Conley (WR): 3 years, 18 million – I have no idea what Conley will get. He didn’t have much production in an otherwise highly productive offense in the Kansas City Chiefs, but he has talent. A lot of it. And he’s insanely athletic. Let’s take a look at his combine:

4.35 40-yard dash

45 inch vertical

11 ft. 7 inch broad jump

He’s my favorite of the bunch. And he’s 6’2, So he’s not small either. He could be cheap and explode with Big Ben throwing to him. Really good value for him.

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Clay Mathews (EDGE): 1 Year, 4 million – Massive pay cut for Clay Mathews, but I think he takes it after an off-year and lack of interest from the market. He is decent, even at his age, and he can provide mentorship along with rotational ability as an EDGE rusher and outside linebacker. He actually made some really good plays for the Packers last year, but it felt like they were all flagged or cancelled out. He can most definitely clean that up and we can all hope for better refereeing next year.

Tre Boston (FS): 2 years, 5 million. he signed for very little last year and he could be a solid rotational starter if he is willing to accept that role. He’s great in coverage and at 2.5 million a year, he’s really quite cheap.

Adrian Phillips (SS): Adrian Phillips hasn’t received much attention in free agency, but he was an outstanding box safety last year. If Morgan Burnett is cut, Phillips can easily exceed him and play the role of LB if the Steelers are unable to sign one.

 

 

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