The Steelers will seek free agency or the NFL Draft to help their cornerback room. Joey Porter Jr. has played like an emerging star, but across from him, there are questions as Patrick Peterson explores other spots. So, could that solution actually come from a division rival?
Ronald Darby has started some significant games for the Ravens with injuries in the secondary, and Bleacher Report believes he could be the type of cost-effective that the Steelers love to target that could boost their cornerback room significantly.
“As noted, it isn’t cost-effective to keep Peterson around for his age-34 season. Levi Wallace wasn’t the answer at corner either. Going after a top-of-the-market player isn’t likely going to be an option given the team’s cap situation. Ronald Darby just turned 30, so it isn’t like he’s young, but he probably has a few more years of decent production. He’s had a strong season for Baltimore, giving up a passer rating of 63.3 going into Week 18, per Pro Football Reference,” they wrote.
Darby would be another veteran but could add some speed to the room they did not have right now. That’s the type of bridge they must embrace in the back end. There are other bigger fish they could go for, like L’Jarius Sneed or Jaylon Johnson. But the team does not have a ton of cap flexibility. So, if they make that big splash, it could preclude them from addressing needs elsewhere on the roster, and they will need to address plenty to fill the holes on the roster.