PITTSBURGH -- ESPN Insider Mike Sando has handed out grades for every team relative to free agency and he gave the Steelers about what you would expect at this point.
The Steelers received a ‘C,’ which sounds right considering their additions and subtractions.
Their most significant signing has been safety Mike Mitchell, and the Steelers filled a gaping hole last week when they signed wide receiver Lance Moore to a two-year contract. They have also added depth along the defensive line and at linebacker with the signings of Cam Thomas and Arthur Moats.
“Other than (Emmanuel) Sanders, they didn’t lose anybody that meant anything to them,” former Colts general manager and ESPN NFL analyst Bill Polian said. “Cam Thomas and Mike Mitchell are good pickups. They get a little bit better. The re-signings were not bad. The Steelers create wide receivers. It’s a receiver draft. That is where they are going to go.”
Polian’s praise for what the Steelers have done so far is not surprising. His aversion to frenzied spending in free agency is well documented, and the Steelers have quietly improved themselves – at least on paper – but just not created as much of a buzz as other teams.
ESPN NFL analyst Matt Williamson said he has been surprised at how the Steelers have cleared salary-cap room without sustaining significant losses and added some key pieces.
“I expected their offseason to be worse,” Williamson said. “All the cap finagling they did worked out smoother than I’d projected. They got Mitchell at a good price with the arrow pointing up – exactly what they needed. I did not expect Jason Worilds to remain there.”