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3 Players the Steelers Must Avoid in Free Agency

Larry Rupp
The Pittsburgh Steelers need to avoid these three free agents this offseason.
The Pittsburgh Steelers need to avoid these three free agents this offseason. / Joe Sargent/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers will look to build off a successful 2020 NFL season in hopes of winning the AFC North division once again. To keep that momentum going, they will need to have a strong offseason full of moves that will better the future of the franchise.

The free agent market is full of top tier players as well as experienced veterans ready to contribute right away, but it is important to sign the ones that fit the team the best.

With that in mind, here are three free agents the Steelers should avoid signing.

1. Bud Dupree, LB

Bud Dupree, T.J. Watt
Re-signing Bud Dupree doesn't make a lot of sense for the Steelers. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

It is certainly possible the Steelers see the hard work Bud Dupree put in for the team and re-sign him this offseason. However, they would be smart to let him walk as a free agent. He has been a great pass rusher over the last few seasons, but the Steelers already have enough depth at that position. They can use the money saved to shore up their more pressing needs like in the defensive secondary. Dupree will sign a major contract this offseason and the Pittsburgh should not partake in a bidding war by any means. His time spent as a Steeler should be up.

2. Yannick Ngakoue, DE

Yannick Ngakoue
Signing Yannick Ngakoue would cost the Steelers too much money. / Bryan Bennett/Getty Images

The Steelers may search the free agent market for a player to line up opposite T.J. Watt along the defensive line, but that player should not be Yannick Ngakoue. Ngakoue would simply cost too much money for the Steelers when they have bigger needs to address on the roster. Projected to earn a salary of around $15 million, Pittsburgh is better off trying to fill that edge spot with a cheaper free agent or through the draft. While Ngakoue's impressive play backs up the big payday that is soon to come, it should not be with the Steelers.

3. Will Fuller, WR

Will Fuller
Will Fuller would not fit well in the Steelers offense. / Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

Will Fuller is an intriguing free agent wide receiver that is capable of taking the top off of any defense he faces. However, that kind of player would not fit well in the Steelers offense given their starting quarterback is Ben Roethlisberger. At this point in his career, Roethlisberger thrives on getting the ball out quickly and into the hands of his receivers on short and intermediate routes. Plus, Fuller has played in an average of just 7 games per season in his career due to injuries (11 games played in 2020). The Steelers should not pay up for a receiver carrying that kind of risk.

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