Seven outside players who could be on the Steelers’ radar this summer

General Managers are always striving to acquire more talents on the roster. This casual business has been a lot busier than we’re usually used to with the crew. This year there were also many changes in the front office. Jonathan Hetterter talked about some potential free agents to add to the crime. For this exercise, I’m going to look at other teams’ current rosters to find players who could be out looking for a job when the cuts begin at the end of training camp.

Looking at the current roster, there are areas where the Steelers could look to add a player or two. Next, I look at the outside midfielders.

The best defensive player of the year is irreplaceable, but every player needs a break now and then. We are looking for players who can provide depth and give it and Alex Highsmith a break from time to time. Highsmith took strides forward in his game and is ready to break in.

The depth behind the start has seen a lot of players come and go and this year is no different. Last year, they had two Ingram files and a taco Charlton spare. They exchanged Ingram to Kansas City and he is now with Miami. Charlton did not quit and is now in New Orleans.

Derek Tosca was signed in September last season and after Ingram’s departure he became a regular contributor from Week 10 in collecting Casey in his last three games. Genard Avery was signed in March and started twelve games in Philadelphia last year with 43 opponent pieces and one bag. The signature Tozar Skipper, who was distinguished in the former camp, was also re-signed after spending last season at Tennessee as he received 44 shots each for both defensive teams for five tackles total.

Also on the list are Delontae Scott, Tyree Johnson, and TD Moultry who are looking to impress at camp.

Is that enough or will they look for extra help at the end of camp. Here are some candidates that might be worth looking at.

#50 Anna Bradley – New York Jets – 6033260 Age: 24

OLB/DE Depth in New York – Carl Lawson, Jermaine Johnson (right), Jacob Martin, Bryce Hoff, Michael Clemons (right), Jabari Zuniga

Basic salary in New York – $895,000

The former Utah Ote was a two-time All-American consensus and All-PAC12 player. He finished his career with 135 tackles with 41.5 losers. Consistent Passes During his career he finished with 30 sacks and made 4 breakout passes, 6 forced passes and 2 stumbled recoveries. He was seen as a high speed and efficient passing player but was inconsistent as a defender.

He was picked by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round of the 2020 Draft in addition to an already strong group of passing forwards. In his junior season, he appointed Mike Nolan as his defensive coordinator and in 2021 became Dan Quinn. He was not able to enter the rotation of any of the coaches who played in 11 matches only with two interventions. He was limited to 56 defensive shots and 170 shots for a special team.

The Jets have added a lot of passing strikers over the past couple of years and there are several players that could become available including Hamilcar Rasheed or Zuniga. Lawson and Johnson will likely have the first-round pick as the starters with Huff, and former Texan Martin and fourth-round pick Clemons provide the depth. Anae was on this list last year and I still think he could be a good addition to the list.

#47 Vince Biegel – Baltimore Ravens – 6031246 Age: 29

OLB/DE Depth in Baltimore – Odafe Oweh, Tyus Bowser, Justin Houston, David Ojabo (R), Steven Means, Daelin Hayes, Jeremiah Moon

Basic salary in Baltimore – $1035,000

Biegel was a senior Wisconsin Badger when TJ Watt was young. He was the second All-Big Ten player with 40 games in 54 games. At the start of the three years he finished his career with 191 total tackles, 39.5 losing tackles and 21.5 sacks. He also broke on 5 breakout passes, 3 forced passes and 2 fouled recoveries.

Drafted by Green Bay, he spent his rookie season playing 121 catches in defense and 138 in specials he finished with 16 tackles total with 2 for a loss. He was cut before the 2018 season and signed with New Orleans. He played in 14 matches almost exclusively on special teams (241 games) and played four tackles. He spent his last two seasons in Miami playing in 20 games with 10 starts. He scored 61 tackles, seven to lose 13 quarterbacks and 2.5 sacks with an interception.

The Ravens caught him in a deep group of pass strikers led by Oweh and Bowser. Houston Women’s (who was on this list last year) will provide veteran depth. Hayes is the fifth round of the selection from last year and they have Ojabo to rehabilitate an Achilles tendon injury from a pre-draft process that takes about six months.

#91 Stephen Weatherly – Cleveland Browns – 6043265 Age: 28

OLB/DE Depth in Cleveland – Myles Garrett, Jadeveon Clowney, Alex Wright (R), Chase Winovich, Isaac Rochell, Isaiah Thomas (R)

Cleveland Basic Salary – $1,050,000

The former Vanderbilt Dean started 21 of 36 college games. He contributed 116 total tackles with 26 losing tackles while also dealing with 11.5 sacks, 4 breakaway passes, 3 unmarked pullbacks and 3 forced hold. He played both defensive end and outside back while in college.

In the seventh round by the Vikings, he became a consistent performer in his four years in Minnesota. He played in 49 matches with seven starts with a total of 67 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and seventeen quarterbacks. He also made two fuss, broke one pass and has six sacks. In the past three years, he’s stopped in Carolina, Denver and Minnesota in 24 games with 10 starts in adding another 2.5 sacks with 40 tackles, 7 tackles for a loss and 10 quarterbacks.

The starters have been beefed up with Garrett and Clowney and the team has added four young forwards to play behind them. Winovich had 11 sacks in three years in New England and Wright and Thomas were added in the draft. Weatherly may be retained as a deep veteran but if the youngsters play well, he could be an expendable one.

#50 Jordan Jenkins – Houston Tx – 6025260 Age: 28

OLB/DE Depth in Houston – Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Jonathan Greenard, Mario Addison, Rasheem Green, Jerry Hughes, Derek Rivers

Basic salary in Houston – $2,500,000

Looking back at Jenkins’ career in Georgia, he’s been pretty consistent. He initially played for three years, putting in very good numbers with over 200 tackles, 39 tackles to lose and 19 sacks. He broke 5 passes, forced a six to stumble and regained half that number. Coming out of his profile made him tall, strong and fit as a strong squad 3-4 outside midfielder.

The Jets drafted him in the third round in 2016 and proceeded to play 72 games starting at 62 in his five seasons in New York. He had 23 sacks and 189 saves over that period with 25 losing tackles, 46 leading hits, 7 fumbles and five recoveries. He also stopped 8 passes. Last season, he played in 11 games for Houston with 20 tackles and 2.5 sacks before a knee injury shut down his season.

This guess was made more difficult as Houston revamped their rushing group almost completely. Okoronkwo came from rams. Both veterans Addison and Hughes came from Buffalo. Green was a Seahawk last season. Grinard was a starter in Houston’s 8-sacks last season, and Rivers saw work as a reserve. Jenkins has the group’s highest base salary, so it may be left to trying to save money.

#96 Tachon Power – Las Vegas Raiders – 6046250 Age: 27

OLB/DE Depth in Las Vegas – Maxx Crosby, Chandler Jones, Clelin Ferrell, Kyler Fackrell, Malcolm Koonce, Gerri Green

Basic salary in Las Vegas – $1,035,000

At the beginning of his part-time college, he started only 7 matches in 40 competitions. He finished with sixty interventions total, 12 for a loss and 5.5 sacks. Also on the stats sheet were found 2 forced passes, 8 middle acceleration and two breaking passes. He played a defensive role in his first three years with a move to outside full-back in his final year. The Steelers showed some interest in him at Combine.

In his four pro seasons, he spent time with Minnesota and New England. He has played in 20 games with 3 starts contributing 22 tackles, four tackles for loss, one pass and two tackles. The most hits he’s received in 2020 was when he had 137 defensive shots with New England.

Crosby and Jones are a good pair as you’ll find the rushing quarterback. Ferrell didn’t live up to his lofty pick in the early first round but he was a starter and at worst a quality booster. Fackrell has rebounded in the past few years but has been productive on a limited roll. Koonce had two bags in just 48 shots and Green showed the possibility of getting out of college.

#56 William Bradley-King – Leaders of Washington – 6034254 Age: 24

OLB/DE Depth in Washington – Chase Young, Montez Sweat, James Smith-Williams, Efe Obada, Casey Toohill, Shaka Toney

Basic salary in Washington – $825,000

Bradley King started his career at Arkansas State before moving to Baylor in his first season. He participated in 39 matches with 24 matches. In his four seasons he totaled 119 tackles with 29.5 losing. He has 18 sacks, 6 broken passes, 6 forced passes, and 3 falter retrieves.

In the seventh round in 2021, he only saw time in three games but managed five tackles, half a sack, and hit the quarterback in 59 defensive shots. Half of the sack and four of his tackles came in the last game of the year at 31 shots.

The starters are Young and Sweat but there will be competition behind them. Smith Williams played a strong role in the rotation last season, Tuhill started several games late in the season, and both played in Jack del Rio Las season. Obada is a seasoned addition from Buffalo with a lot of experience. Tony participated in 10 matches last season. Bradley King was a player that I loved coming out with with heavy hands and very good playing power and mobility.

#55 D Ford – San Francisco 49ers – 6021252 Age: 31

OLB/DE Depth in San Francisco – Nick Bossa, Samson Ibokam, Kimoko Toray, Drake Jackson (right), Charles O’Meneho, Jordan Willis

Basic salary in San Francisco – $1,120,000

Ford spent five years at Auburn breaking out in his first season. Overall, he had 93 interventions for 27.5 losses and 20.5 cysts. Added when the ball is intercepted, 1 pass and 3 passes are mandatory. In his final season, he led the Securities and Exchange Commission with a 10.5.

He’s had an interesting career in the NFL with ups and downs marred by injuries. In eight seasons, he has 159 total tackles, 44 forfeits and 79 quarterbacks. He produced 12 mandatory league lead fumbles with seven in 2018 and also seven assists. A total of 40 sacks in his career; Hit two numbers twice and have never had more than 6.5 in any other season. His last seasons were cut short due to a back injury.

The 49ers have very good depth with Bosa leading the way. Ebukam will be in his second season as a rookie in San Francisco. Toure came from the Colts this season, Aminiho from Houston last season and Willis provided depth in the past two seasons. Reports say Ford may be severed and may also retire if his back is still an issue. If he wanted to play, there would likely be a lot of teams willing to take the risk.

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