Time is ticking down until some of the top names in football hit the open market and are free to sign with any NFL team they wish. As we have stressed here on Steelers N Stuff, the Pittsburgh Steelers do not usually make a big splash in free agency. The Steelers are known for drafting well and finding most of their talent straight out of college.
There have been times when the Steelers have found diamonds in the rough during the free agency period. With some big team needs such as defensive back, running back, and outside linebacker, do not forget the hole at wide receiver. The Steelers are now missing a fourth receiver with the departure of Lance Moore. Moore lasted just one season after being signed last year during free agency. Will the Steelers try the open market again?
Moore may have left a bad taste in the Steelers’ mouth, but I expect general manager Kevin Colbert to do his due diligence in finding a receiver to add to the roster during free agency. Taking Moore out of the equation, there are some intriguing names out there. Players such as Jacoby Jones, Leonard Hankerson, Miles Austin, Ted Ginn jr., Brian Hartline, and Denarius Moore.
The Steelers could decide to hold off and wait until the draft to address wide receiver. Over the last several seasons, the Steelers have done a phenomenal job at drafting wide receivers, the latest being last year with Martavis Bryant, a fourth round pick from Clemson who won the Joe Greene award his rookie season. In 2010, the Steelers struck gold twice when they drafted Emmanuel Sanders in the third round, and the best receiver in football, Antonio Brown in the sixth.
So it is not a matter of how the Steelers will fill the void at receiver because we know it will be, but a matter of when will Colbert decide to act on it? The offensive side of the ball is almost complete, with a franchise quarterback, a strong offensive line, a complete running back, a Pro Bowler at tight end, and three versatile wide receivers. Some depth at running back and wide receiver will help solidify the offense and perhaps help push this team further into the postseason.
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