The headline of this piece is something of a contradiction when it comes to the Pittsburgh Steelers. As a rule, the Steelers don't cannonball into the free-agency pool. Instead they elect to wait until the rest of the league has jumped in, let the waves settle and then just ease in down in the shallow end.
That's not to say that the Steelers haven't been able to find some stars in free agency because they have—and did it without overspending. Here is just a partial list of some of the more prominent Steelers who some might not even realize didn't start their careers in Pittsburgh.
- Jeff Hartings, Center
- Ryan Clark, Safety
- Kevin Greene, Linebacker
- James Farrior, Linebacker
- Mewelde Moore, Running Back
- Brent Alexander, Safety
Other than Greene, none of these players were at the top of anyone's "must-have" lists for free agents. However, the Steelers are smart. They understand how to find players who fit their system and can contribute right away.
2014 might not be a season of flashy, high-priced free agents, but that doesn't preclude the Steelers from adding a player or two that can come in and help this team build on a strong finish to 2013.
All stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.