Three Free Agency Moves That Will Impact The Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 Draft

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Dec 15, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) runs with the ball as Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu (left) and cornerback Ike Taylor (24) attempt to tackle during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 30-20. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The free agency market for the Pittsburgh Steelers is beginning to quiet down.  The team is pretty much at the cap limit and will now turn its focus to the draft, hoping to find the remaining pieces of the puzzle to the 2014 (and beyond) roster.  Time to play some armchair quarterback – or in this case armchair GM – and list three free agency moves that will have an impact (desired or otherwise) on the 2014 draft.

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  • gdubb

    So dick Lebeau coaches offense

  • Carl Eagan

    Cotcherty just didn’t want to stay unfortunately. A shame they didn’t even try to sign Browner as he could have filled in nicely. I think throwing a rookie corner out there for OJT is a good way for them to learn. They already have the talent and skill so develop that skill in real games.

  • bk

    Yeah, even with a stellar draft there is going to be a learning curve… 8-8 again at best.

  • Carl Eagan

    Better to go 8-8 developing rookie talent better than 8-8 with aging vets.

  • Jordan Smith

    It’s possible that keeping Taylor instead of signing a FA to a multi-year contract shows that the front office is planning on taking two DBs in this year’s draft. After all, it should be a deeper class than 2011. (Not that we should talk about DBs in the 2011 draft – the Steelers drafted both Curtis Brown and Cortez Allen before Richard Sherman was taken) If the Steelers take Gilbert at 15 and Jean-Baptiste or McGill in the third round, we’d end up with two guys who could make almost immediate impacts in our shoddy as f secondary.

  • [email protected]

    Craig, largely agree with you:
    1. DHB – was kind of an unexpected and puzzling development. I don’t think it hurts, nor helps, so why bother? I was surprised and disappointed when we lost Cotch, but realistically last year was probably the max he can provide, not that it was bad! You’re right – we don’t just need bodies, we need players.
    2. Blount – as unexpected (in a good way) for me as DHB’s signing (was bad). I figured we would dick around and end up drafting a RB, but give Colbert his due, this guy is a huge pickup for us! I told my buddies while we were watching the game that his effort vs. Indy was the most impressive RB performance I have seen since, well, Bettis ran over Urlacher. HUGE pickup, but the O line still must be there to allow him to be effective, right?
    3. Ike – this one I’m on the fence. Why? On one hand, you and I both know that even if we get Gilbert or Dennard, neither will probably see the field on D in his first year anyway. So, we needed Ike (or some other vet CB) to handle things for 1 year until LeBeau deems the talented rookie CB ready. On the other hand (and this is a love/hate thing from my perspective regarding the Rooneys) it smacks of giving Art Jr’s buddy a farewell tour – something that could hurt us on the field for sure given Ike’s 2nd half demise last year. Gotta admire the Rooney’s loyalty to their players, although it is a cathartic flaw, LOL!!!! Sentimental Irishmen, you gotta love us!!!!!