3 Free Agents the Steelers Can Sign With Cap Space From David DeCastro's Release

Larry Rupp
Three more players the Pittsburgh Steelers can sign with the cap space saved from releasing David DeCastro, including Melvin Ingram.
Three more players the Pittsburgh Steelers can sign with the cap space saved from releasing David DeCastro, including Melvin Ingram. / Rob Leiter/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers cleared $8.75 million cap space by releasing veteran offensive lineman David DeCastro on Friday. While Pittsburgh has already filled his spot by agreeing to a deal with Trai Turner, the team still has some cap space left to address some other needs on the roster.

The free agent pool isn't as deep as it once was a few months ago, but a number of big name players remain unsigned for next season. With that being said, here are three other players the Steelers should sign.

Steelers Free Agent Targets

1. Melvin Ingram, DE

Defensive end Melvin Ingram would have been a marquee free agent in the 2021 class if it wasn't for his recent history of injuries. Ingram has played just 20 games over the last two seasons and is now 32 years old. However, his experience would fit in well with this Steelers defense. Ingram racked up 36.0 sacks while playing every single game from 2015-2018 with the Los Angeles Chargers. He still has some gas left in the tank and would make a scary addition alongside T.J. Watt. Ingram would be a great rotational piece to have and one that has the potential to crack the starting lineup as well.

2. Brian Poole, CB/S

There is one glaring spot on the Steelers' roster that needs to be taken care of before the 2021 season kicks off. Pittsburgh suddenly has very little depth in the secondary as they let starters Mike Hilton and Steven Nelson go this offseason. They added a cornerback in the NFL Draft, but that strategy comes with a lot of uncertainty. Veteran Brian Poole remains unsigned and would be able to immediately slide in as the starting slot corner. He is also coming off of a great 2020 season in which he posted 44 tackles, 1.0 sack, 7 pass breakups and 2 interceptions in 9 games played.

3. Richard Sherman, CB

Another cornerback option for the Steelers is veteran Richard Sherman. Unlike Poole, Sherman plays mainly on the outside. He has 10 years of NFL experience under his belt and adding him to the mix would give the Steelers someone they can rely on to cover all types of opposing pass-catchers. The 33-year-old CB has totaled 79 tackles, 12 pass breakups and 4 interceptions across 20 games since the start of the 2019 season. He may cost a little more to sign, but Sherman's versatility and leadership may make it worth it in this situation.

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