The Steelers are in good shape on offense. The defense is good, but there are aspects of it that could be better. They will probably try to improve the pass rush even though it wasn’t bad last year. But if there is a spot they could use an upgrade at, it’s the secondary.
Rumor has it the team was considering making a run at Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick. He’s been a good player the last few years but not great, so hopefully, he wouldn’t cost too much. But as it turns out, he did.
— Steelers Depot (@Steelersdepot) March 9, 2017
Kirkpatrick was expected to command upwards of $10 million a season and ended up doing a little bit better. The Bengals signed him to a five-year, $52.5 million contract. He seemed quite happy with the outcome in a video he posted to Instagram:
“I’m going to go get these rings,” Kirkpatrick said via an Instagram video posted on Thursday. “We’ve still got a lot of work to do. We’ve got to make up for things we lost. … I’m happy to be back with the Bengals, it’s a done deal.”
As nice as it would have been to have him on the roster, it just wasn’t meant to be. If the Steelers are still interested in finding some help for their secondary, there are plenty of guys still available. Rumor has it the team is not interested in Darrelle Revis, but according to Sportrac, his market value is just $5.89 million. If they see that as affordable but are not sure Revis has it, Brandon Carr has been given a similar value.
Antonio Brown’s contract makes it look like the Steelers are serious about winning now. So, it will be interesting to see what—if any—moves the team makes to help the secondary.