With the weekend right here, it is a excellent time to appear back at how the Pittsburgh Steelers fared in the very first week of NFL totally free agency. When some, like myself, consider new common manager Omar Khan has completed a excellent job so far, what does the national media consider?
CBS Sports writer Garrett Podell place out grades for each and every NFL team’s totally free agency so far and gave the Steelers a grade of “B.” Podell referenced that losing cornerback Cameron Sutton wasn’t good but the group brought in an sufficient replacement and also filled holes.
“While losing Cameron Sutton is not excellent, replacing him with one particular of the NFL’s active co-leader in interceptions, Patrick Peterson, is a strong pickup for two years and $14 million,” wrote Podell. “Peterson totaled 5 interceptions this previous season, the second-most in his complete profession, and had a 79.7 coverage grade, the eighth-highest amongst all cornerbacks according to Pro Football Concentrate.”
When Sutton is younger, much more versatile, and a greater player than Peterson is at this point in his profession, bringing in a veteran like Peterson for much less cash than Sutton is not necessarily a terrible move. It is no secret that Pittsburgh desires to upgrade its cornerback space in the NFL Draft, and paying $11 million per year for Sutton who might have had to move back to slot would not have created the most sense primarily based on worth.
Moving on, the Steelers also created moves to bring in depth at offensive guard and shake up their inside linebacker space. Podell particularly pointed out the signings of guard Nate Herbig and linebacker Cole Holcomb as moves he liked for Pittsburgh.
“Nate Herbig on a two-year, $eight million contract is a good depth addition. Similar goes for linebacker Cole Holcomb who comes more than to replace former very first-round choose Devin Bush on a 3-year deal. It is early, so not substantially other activity for Mike Tomlin’s club, but a strong start off to the offseason.”
Herbig has a possibility to compete for the beginning suitable offensive guard spot with Kevin Dotson this offseason, and even if he does not win it he supplies substantially-necessary depth God forbid Dotson or James Daniels get hurt. Steelers Depot’s personal Josh Carney did a film space on Herbig and he is an absolute men and women mover. If he wins the job he will assist out mightily in the run game.
Moving to Holcomb, he is a speedy linebacker who is robust against the run and can get sideline-to-sideline. When he is weaker against the pass, that is some thing the Steelers will have to address either at the NFL Draft or later on in totally free agency. Jonathan Heitritter did a film space on what to anticipate of Holcomb in Pittsburgh and broke down his game.
The addition of former Miami Dolphins linebacker Elandon Roberts also aids out the Steelers’ run defense. Just this previous season Roberts created ten tackles for a loss, displaying that he has no difficulties acquiring in the backfield and stopping the run.
There are nevertheless places Omar Khan has to enhance this group on. Pittsburgh requirements a young cornerback to play on the outdoors, some depth at the tackle positions, a coverage linebacker, a slot receiver, and perhaps even a slot cornerback. Fortunately for the group, there is nevertheless a lot of time and the Steelers have currently filled out some requirements. There’s a approaches to go to make this group a Super Bowl contender but only a week into totally free agency Khan has completed a excellent job and deserves his grade of a “B.”