Grading the first wave of Steelers Free Agency

We have reached the weekend and the first wave NFL Free Agency is in the books. Patient but active, the Pittsburgh Steelers made several signings with the goal of quickly improving on both sides of football. Here are our grades so far.

Losing Cam Sutton

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This one hurts. Pittsburgh only designed and developed Sutton to have him sign somewhere else just as he was making his move. I understand the NFL is a business, but I would have liked to see Pittsburgh keep Sutton in the herd.

Grade: C

Signing of CB Patrick Peterson

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Patrick Peterson’s resume speaks for itself. Is he an upgrade over Sutton? It remains to be seen, but while he does step down slightly, it was a smart signing from a financial standpoint and gives Pittsburgh stability at the position.

Grade B

Re-signing of S Damontae Kazee

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Damontae Kazee missed much of the 2022 season, but he showed enough on his return to warrant a new contract. The signing of Kazee doesn’t mean the Steelers won’t bring Terrell Edmunds back, but it does give Pittsburgh the all-important third safety.

Class: A

Signing of DT Larry Ogunjobi

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This move is under the radar nationally but critical to the Steelers’ success. Ogunjobi came into his own and quickly became a leader on the defense. His production didn’t always show up in the box score, but this signing was a must.

Class: A

Signing G Nate Herbig

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It’s unfortunate that the Steelers are even capable of needing another left guard, but Kevin Dotson and Kedrick Green couldn’t do the things the Steelers needed last season. Nate Herbig is an old school guy and a very good footballer according to fans. As long as he’s an upgrade over Dotson, this move works.

Grade B

House cleaning at Inside Linebacker

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It had to be done and Pittsburgh was thorough. The Steelers let Robert Spillane and Devin Bush sign with other teams, then cut Myles Jack. It’s hard to say if the inside linebackers are any better, but this was a big step.

Grade B

Signing of LB Cole Holcomb

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If he’s healthy, Cole Holcomb should be a great addition to the Steelers’ defense. Before his foot injury in 2022, Holcomb was quickly becoming one of the most athletic and prolific inside linebackers in the league. Pittsburgh haven’t had much luck with free-agent inside linebackers, but maybe Holcomb is breaking the streak.

Grade B

Signing of LB Elandon Roberts

Much like Holcomb, Roberts is a free-agent addition to a position that Pittsburgh has struggled to hold. Roberts feels more like a side signing of Myles Jack’s release, and if that means the Steelers don’t draft an inside linebacker with elite athletics, it won’t feel like a productive move.

Class: C

Story originally appeared on Steelers Wire

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