With three pending free agents at the position, the Pittsburgh Steelers certainly could be looking to add a defensive tackle in free agency this March, and there is one player, former Steelers and current Philadelphia Eagles lineman Javon Hargrave, that a lot of people have been talking about as an option to return to Pittsburgh.
But if the Steelers want Hargrave, it might cost them a bunch.
According to a report by Matt Lombardo of Heavy on Sports on Thursday, Hargrave is expected to draw “significant interest” from around the NFL if he is allowed to hit free agency on March 15.
The 30-year-old defensive tackle signed a three-year, $39 million contract with the Eagles when he first departed Pittsburgh in 2020. His contract with the Eagles will automatically void on Monday.
According to Spotrac.com, Hargave could demand a market value of over $20 million per year on his next free agent contract. The salary-tracking website predicts a three-year, $60.5 million deal for Hargrave, which would make him one of the league’s highest paid interior linemen.
In addition to any external free agents Omar Khan may wish to sign, the Steelers have several internal free agents, including defensive tackles Larry Ogunjobi and Chris Wormley, safety Terrell Edmunds and Damontae Kazee and linebacker Devin Bush and Robert Spillane.
A 6-foot-2, 305-pound defensive tackle, Hargrave was the Steelers’ third-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He played his first four seasons in Pittsburgh, all as a starter, and amassed 168 tackles, 22 tackles for a loss, 14.5 sacks and forced two fumbles. With the Eagles in 2022, he set a career high with 11 sacks and 60 tackles and 10 tackles for loss.