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3 Free Agents the Steelers Need to Sign to Make a Super Bowl Run Next Year

Adam Taylor McKillop
Three free agents that the Pittsburgh Steelers need to sign to make a Super Bowl run next year.
Three free agents that the Pittsburgh Steelers need to sign to make a Super Bowl run next year. / Stephen Maturen/GettyImages

The Pittsburgh Steelers stumbled into the NFL Playoffs in 2021 with a 9-7-1 overall record. This short postseason run marked more of a symbolic last hurrah for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who retired following the season.

Pittsburgh now enters the offseason with a pressing need to fill their soon-to-be-vacant general manager position, and the new hire will step into an interesting situation. There's a clear need at quarterback and Pittsburgh must improve a 20th-ranked scoring defense, but the franchise has about $30 million in cap space to work with.

Here's a look at three free agents that the Steelers need to sign to make a Super Bowl run next season.

Steelers Free Agent Targets

1. Jameis Winston, QB

Aside from key pieces on the defensive and potentially two or three starters on the o-line, quarterback is still the most pressing need for this team. Pittsburgh will likely look for a QB in the upcoming draft, but the QB talent is deep enough to trust many as day one starters. Jameis Winston is the most talented and proven quarterback available in free agency and his stretch of injury history could mean he'll be giving teams a discount. This is considered a stopgap solution, but there's no questioning his four seasons with at least 3,500 passing yards. Considering the weapons available at WR, Winston should have more success than in New Orleans.

2. Justin Coleman, CB

While the Steelers ranked top-10 in passing defense last year, the impending Joe Haden free agency leaves a big question mark in the secondary. Re-signing Haden should be be a priority, but Coleman would be a flexible Plan B. He's declined, according to PFF position rankings, over the past two years but has connections to newly-hired senior defensive assistant Brian Flores with the Miami Dolphins last season. Coleman may just need another change of scenery, and would also give the Steelers some flexibility to focus on QB, the o-line, and other areas on the defense.

3. Trent Brown, OT

Offensive guard Kevin Dotson and LT Dan Moore provided the most stability along Pittsburgh's o-line last year, but there's a possibility this unit sees three new faces next season. Signing RT Trent Brown is a splash move that immediately improves the entire unit. If the Steelers do opt to start a rookie QB, they'll need to protect him at all costs and limit the 38 sacks (17th) allowed. Bringing in a Pro Bowl-caliber o-lineman is a must for Mike Tomlin and company.

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