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Who they need: Curtis Lofton, LB
The Pittsburgh Steelers are not know for flashy free-agent signings. However, they have holes that need to be filled, and not all of it can be done in the draft.
The Steelers have to get creative, as they played this season $25 million over the cap. They have 11 free agents, but only three that should be seen as necessities: Mike Wallace, Byron Leftwich and maybe Max Starks, pending the team's opinion on the health of right tackle Willie Colon, and whether or not Marcus Gilbert can make the switch to left tackle.
If they need to, the team can say goodbye to both Hines Ward and James Farrior, who are staring retirement in the face, to save cash for Lofton.
Lofton actually reminds me of their last two big splashes in free agency: Farrior was one, but he is 37 years old and only capable of tackling those who run right into him. The other was Ryan Clark, who has been an excellent match next to Troy Polamalu.
Both were underrated free agents who came to their own in Pittsburgh. Lofton had 147 tackles this season and would fit perfectly into the team's 3-4 scheme.
How could that fly under the radar? Well, Farrior was the NFL's second-leading tackler when the team signed him a decade ago.
If you're not a fan of an NFC South team, ask yourself, have you ever heard of Curtis Lofton? And did you know he was that good of a player?
Probably not, and that is what makes him a perfect Steelers signing.