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The Steelers aren’t traditionally big players in free agency, and that’s unlikely to change this year.
However, there are some instances of under-the-radar signings proving to be hugely beneficial to the team. A few that really stand out include Jeff Hartings, James Farrior and Ryan Clark.
If the recent visit from Louis Delmas is any indication, the team could look to free agency to shore up some of its weaknesses. And that doesn’t just mean with retreads like Matt Spaeth and William Gay.
Defensively, the team’s got needs on virtually every level. Paul Soliai’s arguably the best nose tackle available and should be affordable for the Steelers. If signed, the team would be limited through the rest of free agency though.
The Steelers also face uncertainty opposite Lawrence Timmons. One candidate to put that issue to rest is the recently released D'Qwell Jackson.
At 30 years old, Jackson should have some tread left on his tires. He’s got experience playing in a 3-4 defense and notched the seventh-most tackles (141) in the league last season.
Last is the aforementioned Delmas. Delmas brings a physicality (sometimes to a fault) that would be a welcome addition with Ryan Clark’s impending departure.
Delmas has a history of injuries, but he did manage to play in every game and set career bests in sacks and interceptions last season.