Pittsburgh Steelers free agency grade

Notable additions:

Tyson Alualu – Defensive Tackle – From: Jacksonville Jaguars

Coty Sensabaugh – Cornerback – From: Buffalo Bills

Notable subtractions:

Lawrence Timmons – Inside Linebacker – To: Miami Dolphins

Markus Wheaton – Wide Receiver – To: Chicago Bears

Jarvis Jones – Outside Linebacker – To: Arizona Cardinals



The strategy for the Pittsburgh Steelers recently has been to build their team mostly through the draft rather than being active during free agency and they stuck to that strategy once again this offseason. Pittsburgh only made a few low-level signings as they signed defensive tackle Tyson Alualu and cornerback Coty Sensabaugh. Alualu provides some defensive line depth as he will likely be a rotational player at defensive tackle and possibly even defensive end. Alualu never lived up to the expectations of being a 1st round pick with the Jaguars. However, he could be a really good bargain signing for the Steelers even if he is just a depth piece. Meanwhile, the team also signed Coty Sensabaugh to a 2-year deal as he will likely just be a depth addition as a 4th cornerback for the Steelers. Sensabaugh could possibly play as a nickel cornerback for Pittsburgh, but ultimately his biggest contributions will probably be on special teams coverage. The Steelers didn’t add any players that will make much of an impact next season, but they certainly did lose some impact players in free agency. For example, starting inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons left to sign with the Dolphins. Timmons was a very productive player for Pittsburgh for many years, but now they will have to address that position in the draft at some point. The Steelers also lost former 1st round pick Jarvis Jones who never lived up to expectations as a starting outside linebacker for the team. However, Jones was still important to the Steelers as he provided solid depth at linebacker. Also, the Steelers lost some wide receiver depth with the departure of Markus Wheaton. He never made much of an impact at wide receiver and Pittsburgh is so deep at the position that his departure doesn’t impact them much. Pittsburgh still has a great roster because of how well that they have drafted recently, but they still have several holes on their roster that they didn’t fill. The Steelers didn’t get much worse in free agency, although they certainly aren’t any better than they were last season.

Grade: C-

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