On the heels of a frustrating 2012 campaign, the Pittsburgh Steelers face some very tough decisions this offseason. The organization approaches the 2013 season needing upgrades at several key position, namely running back, nose tackle and inside linebacker.
The team also needs more depth at quarterback, guard and safety. With Pro Bowl tight end Heath Miller now recovering from a knee injury sustained in the season’s final game, the Steelers will also be in the market for an effective backup who can serve as a target for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger while Miller recovers.
Given Pittsburgh’s salary cap pressures and organizational commitment to building through the draft, it is unlikely that the team will pursue high-priced free agents this coming spring. The Steelers do not have an extensive history of throwing money after big-name players in the offseason and it is doubtful they will buck that trend in 2013.
However, if the organization were to test the free agency waters this year, there are several players available who could fill the holes that emerged in the team’s roster in 2012 and help the Steelers return to the playoffs next year. At the same time, there are many more free agents who would be little more than dead weight, taking up salary cap space and contributing little on the field.
The key, of course, is to separate fact from fiction and to avoid wasting money on players who won’t pan out. With that in mind, the following is a list of players who would be disastrous free-agent signings for the Steelers this offseason. Each offers a very poor value proposition to Pittsburgh or any other team foolish enough to sign them.
Some are overrated. Some get injured too frequently. Some are coming off career years and are likely to come back down to Earth. Some have been good historically, but are showing signs of age and wear. Some just aren’t any good to begin with.
None are worth the Steelers time or money.