Dec 29, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) runs the ball past Cleveland Browns defensive back Jordan Poyer (33) and linebacker Barkevious Mingo (51) in the second half at Heinz Field. The Steelers won the game, 20-7. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers Team Needs and Offseason Headquarters Page


The Pittsburgh Steelers have struggled the past couple of years following their prominence and somewhat dominance of the AFC. Ben Roethlisberger has regressed and hasn’t been able to consistently stay healthy, but despite their faults, the Steelers were a bad call away from making the playoffs last season after finishing the season on an 8-4 run.

Pittsburgh has a ways to go to climb back into AFC prominence, but they are getting there. This is still a well-coached team with key players at key positions returning. With another solid draft, I think Pittsburgh can sneak back into the thick of that AFC North race and make the playoffs in 2014.

Player Movement

Players Lost

  • S Ryan Clark (Redskins)
  • WR Jerricho Cotchery (Panthers)
  • WR Emmanuel Sanders (Broncos)
  • DE/LB LaMarr Woodley (Raiders)
  • DL Ziggy Hood (Jaguars)
  • RB Jonathan Dwyer (Cardinals)
  • TE David Johnson (Chargers)
  • NT Al Woods (Titans)
  • LB Larry Foote (released)
  • OT Levi Brown (released)
  • CB Curtis Brown (waived)

Players Added/Retained

  • CB Brice McCain (Texans)
  • S Michael Mitchell (Panthers)
  • RB LeGarrette Blount (Patriots)
  • LB Arthur Moats (Bills)
  • WR Lance Moore (Saints)
  • OT Guy Whimper (re-signed)
  • NT Cam Thomas (Chargers)
  • S Will Allen (re-signed)
  • DE/LB Jason Worilds (transition tag)

Steelers Team Needs

1. Cornerback

Ike Taylor appears to be regressing and the Steelers need some new blood on the outside. I fully expect them to use a high pick or two on this position.

2. Wide Receiver

Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, and Jerricho Cotchery are all now gone. The Steelers still have Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton but they could stand to bring in a young playmaker with some size.

3. Defensive Line

Ziggy Hood wasn’t great this past season, and they let him go to Jacksonville. This is an area they will likely address early on.

4. Inside Linebacker

5. Offensive Tackle

6. Tight End

Draft Picks

1 (15)
2 (46)
3 (97) – compensatory
4 (118)
5 (157)
5 (173)
6 (192)
6 (213)
7 (230)

Tags: 2014 Nfl Draft Offseason Needs Pittsburgh Steelers Team Needs

  • Wayne Darby

    Wait…..Ben has regressed???? This has to be a joke right?

  • datdudedre’

    All things considered, this has been a solid offseason for Steeler Nation. Most of the players we’ve lost have been replaced (at least in theory). The question is whether or not these new signees will be upgrades. I like the Mike Mitchell signing. He’s younger and faster than Clark, and will eventually team with Shamarko Thomas to form a solid new safety tandem. Cam Thomas is a true big-bodied NT, something we were lacking last season. He can spell McLendon, who at 285 lbs, is light and can wear down at the end of games. Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey add considerable depth to the WR corps. Neither is a game-breaker, and each comes with red flags. But both can find a niche on the team, Moore in the slot and Heyward-Bey as an occasional deep threat. They won’t replace Sanders and Cotchery, but they provide veteran insurance if Wheaton and/or a rookie isn’t ready to play major minutes. And at 6’2″, Heyward-Bey gives us some size there. Arthur Moats could very well win the starting ILB job next to Timmons. Even if he doesn’t, he’ll provide solid LB depth and special teams play. Blount will be a beast as a backup RB. Enough said. Brice McCain may or may not even get on the field, but he will provide needed competition at corner. Playing time is up for grabs, so McCain, William Gay and a rookie will battle for the honors. This will also allow the rookie the chance to “earn” his way onto the field, which is always a good thing. Personally, I would have packaged the money spent on McCain and either Moore or Heyward-Bey and found a way to sign Alex Carrington. 3-4 ends are not easy to find, and now we will have to rely on a rookie to provide depth there. But at least we can now be more selective in the draft, as these signings have allowed us to address some of our needs. We did it in typical Steelers fashion, avoiding the “splashy” signing and getting quality mid-level guys who can help us win. Most of these guys are for depth and competition, and we need both. So I think we made our football team better, which is the bottom line.