The Pittsburgh Steelers do not usually get into the craziness of free agency and again in 2014, the Steelers did not for the most part, besides from signing Mike Mitchell to a $25 million contract along with defensive lineman Cam Thomas. It’s easy to see the Steelers played it safe again.
However, the Steelers did not particularly find it a big need to bring back their free agents neither. Along with the release of linebacker LaMarr Woodley, the Steelers have now watched Jonathan Dwyer, Emmanuel Sanders, Jerricho Cotchery, Al Woods, and Ziggy Hood sign with other franchises. The Steelers are starting to look at the bare minimum at certain positions.
Now that Cotchery signed with the Panthers on Thursday afternoon, the Steelers are left with little experience at wide receiver aside from Antonio Brown. Markus Wheaton is heading into his second season after an injury-filled rookie season. Derek Moye found himself in a few games during the 2013 season but was unproductive for the most part. Aside from the problems at receiver, there are more on the offense. The Steelers have just Le’Veon Bell at running back.
The Steelers have brought in men for interviews. Guys like Maurice Jones-Drew and wide receiver Lance Moore have been in town recently, but both left without contracts. The Steelers obviously brought both in wondering what they may cost but no further action has been taken as of this point.
On defense, the Steelers still lack on the defensive line. Brett Keisel, Woods, and Hood are all gone and the Steelers signed just Thomas who came over from San Diego. The Steelers could possibly look towards the draft in helps of the defensive line and could move Steve McLendon to defensive end.
There are many moves the Steelers must think about making and executing within the next few months. The Steelers must find help to fill out their roster to pick up where they left off in 2013.
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