The Pittsburgh Steelers have been pretty active in free agency in the early days of the official start of the new league season, but despite breaking the standings and stepping out of their comfort zone, the Steelers’ moves are seen as fair. “means” from a national point of view.
Gradign all 16 AFC teams and their free agency moves to date, Pro Football Focus came right in the middle of the wave of Steelers moves under general manager Kevin Colbert, calling the Steelers’ nine signings (apart from free agents and re-signings) “average” joining the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North in this category.
For comparison, PFF gave the Cincinnati Bengals a “good” rating in free agency and the Cleveland Browns an “above average” rating in free agency.
Of course, free agency moves for the Steelers include signing: QB Mitch Trubisky (two years, $14.25 million), iOL James Daniels (three years, $26.5 million), CB Levi Wallace ( two years, $8 million), LB Myles Jack (two years, $16 million), iOL Mason Cole (three years, $15.75 million). Re-signed: CB Ahkello Witherspoon (two years), CB Arthur Maulet (two years), OT Chukwuma Okorafor (three years, $29.25 million), DL Montravious Adams (one year, $5 million).
Mitchell Trubisky back in Chicago to play his old team.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) August 21, 2021
Pittsburgh’s first day of free agency created a cause for concern as it re-signed Okorafor – who allowed 49 quarterback pressures and committed 16 penalties over two seasons – to a pricey $29.25 million contract. dollars over three years and followed that up by signing Trubisky to be the 2022 starting quarterback,” PFF’s Sam Monson and Brad Spielberger write. “The base value of Trubisky’s contract is well below speculated figures because his two-year total of $14 million was exactly half of what the New Orleans Saints gave quarterback Jameis Winston; however, there are incentives that could push Trubisky’s compensation up to $27 million. Nonetheless, it’s an extremely reasonable deal for a bridge quarterback.
“As free agency progressed, Pittsburgh settled in and made a handful of notable signings. First, agreeing to the terms of a three-year, $26.5 million deal with Daniels. and Okorafor will both only be 25 for the duration of the 2022 season, so there’s a lot of potential on the right side of that line,” PFF added. “Then bringing in Wallace – a perfect fit in the Pittsburgh’s heavy zone program — on a two-year, $8 million deal has the potential for great value.Finally, the Steelers traded Schobert for Jack to face first-round linebacker Devin Bush in 2019. The Steelers rarely spend on outside free agents, but when they do, they have a solid track record over the years.
It’s easy to understand the thought process surrounding the signing of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky as the next quarterback in Pittsburgh after Ben Roethlisberger. He passed away in Chicago, then spent a season at Buffalo playing under 50 snaps and turned that into a major free agency deal. While it certainly raised a few eyebrows, Trubisky — at least on paper — looks like a solid fit in Matt Canada’s offense.
Reposting clips I cut from James Daniels last week. All to RG (#68). See the burst, ability to run his feet and drive, torque, grip and the mirror in pro pass, shooting in space.
— Alex Kozora (@Alex_Kozora) March 15, 2022
As for Okorafor’s re-signing, it’s hard to blame him. He’s only 24, and the salary he received is the going rate for a deficient tackle position in the NFL in today’s game. Although he’s had his fair share of left and right tackle struggles in the NFL, he’s still a developing player, one in which the Steelers have invested heavily.
Daniels and Cole bring veteran leadership and experience to a young offensive line, while Wallace realistically replaces what Joe Haden provided as a solid tackler and cornerback-running defender overall.
The Steelers haven’t made the “bright moves” other than maybe signing Myles Jack because he’s a marquee player, but their offseason hardly screams “average” as Pro Football Focus noted at this day.