Here's the team's playmaking depth chart after the first wave of free agency.
The buzz: The Steelers will almost surely select a receiver in the draft, but signing Moncrief gives them much-needed outside help. Pittsburgh likes his ability to make contested catches, and Ben Roethlisberger will give him the chance to make them. The Steelers can continue to move Smith-Schuster inside and out, while Washington is more of a true outside guy. Rogers and Switzer are matchup options on the inside.
The buzz: The Steelers felt good enough about Conner and Samuels to opt against placing the transition tag on Bell. The Steelers could rely on a more balanced run-pass attack after leading the NFL in passing attempts by 40 last year. Conner is eyeing a big third season as the workhorse. Samuels has great hands and could catch 50-60 passes next year. It wouldn't surprise if the Steelers signed a veteran tailback this offseason.
The buzz: The Steelers likely aren't done here after letting Jesse James sign a sizable deal in Detroit. The Steelers rely heavily on two-tight-end sets, and though Grimble will slide into the No. 2 role, they like to have three capable tight ends. This is a big time for Grimble, who's athletic and a stout blocker but hasn't put it all together. Expect an even bigger role for McDonald, who is coming off a 50-catch season. The Steelers know there are more plays for them over the middle of the field. Practice squad player Bucky Hodges is an attractive down-the-line option because of his sure hands.