The Pittsburgh Steelers' offseason has mostly been a case of addition by subtraction.
The majority of this offseason was spent dropping players the Steelers felt no longer had anything to contribute in Pittsburgh with very few free-agent signings. It has been a classic Pittsburgh offseason: making small but important moves that may or may not pan out down the road.
Honestly, the biggest Steelers story this offseason has been the stabbing of offensive lineman Mike Adams and his recovery. That has overshadowed some of the more significant moves the Steelers made this offseason.
Significant in this case does not mean showy. Aside from brief flirtations with Elvis Dumervil and Ahmad Bradshaw, the Steelers never went for the big free agents in their attempts to patch a surprising amount of holes.
The Steelers stocked up on potential talent in the draft. Players like linebacker Jarvis Jones, running back Le’Veon Bell and safety Shamarko Thomas all have huge upsides. Of course, judging the value of these moves is silly until the rookies get some regular-season experience under their belts.
Every other move, however, is up for scrutiny. With training camp set to start soon, it is time to go over every major Steeler offseason move and give it the grade it truly deserves.