With NFL free agency set to begin in just about a month, CBS Sports has released their rankings of the 100 best free agent on the market this off-season.
Three Steelers made the list, with outside linebacker Bud Dupree clocking with the highest ranking at #20. Defensive tackle Javon Hargrave came in just a few spots back at #26. Safety Sean Davis was ranked #97.
Dupree and Hargrave will be two of the hottest commodities on the market when free agency starts, while Davis’ value is more unclear.
Dupree is coming off the best season of his five-year stint in Pittsburgh, posting career-highs in sacks (11.5) and tackles-for-loss (16). The Steelers will likely franchise tag him prior to free agency.
Hargrave has been a dominant force inside for the Steelers over the last two season. In that two year span, he has a combined 10.5 sacks and 13 TFLs. Hargrave is expected to get a big pay day, but that likely will not come in Pittsburgh due to their arduous salary cap situation.
Davis was a full-time starter at safety for two seasons with the Steelers before seeing his role diminish in 2019 due to a shoulder injury and the acquisition of Minkah Fitzpatrick. Davis has five interceptions and 20 passes defended over 48 career games. He has the skill set to be a starting safety in the league, but the question is where considering he will not get the opportunity with the Steelers.
Clubs can begin negotiating with free agents on March 16th, while free agency begins in earnest on March 18th at 4:00 PM with the start of the new league year.
Highlights from Steelers Practice 10/28/20
Defensive captain Cam Heyward leads the defense in their preperation for the Steelers big game this Sunday with the Baltimore Ravens.
Heyward leads by example while going through a drill.
Footage courtesy Pittsburgh Steelers
Terrell Edmunds Explains New Nickname
Terrell Edmunds informs the media, including Mike Asti and Alan Saunders of Steelers Now, about his new nickname. Call him “Old Fashioned” from now on. He also expresses how feels about the current state of the Steelers, and that’s obviously includes being happy about the team’s record but also understanding the need to improve.
Steelers Week 10 Game vs. Bengals Flexed to 4:25 p.m. National Broadcast
The Steelers game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 10 has been flexed into a national television broadcast slot.
The Steelers and Bengals will now kick off at Heinz Field on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 4:25 p.m. The game had originally been scheduled to kick at 1 p.m. It will be broadcast nationally on FOX. All of that weekend’s early games will be broadcast on FOX, as CBS has coverage of The Masters, which was rescheduled from this summer.
The game will be Pittsburgh’s first matchup against 2020 NFL Draft No. 1 pick, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow.
The Steelers are also playing a 4:25 p.m., nationally broadcast game in Week 9 against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. That game will be televised by CBS.
That will be the second time this season the Steelers will be placed in a nation-wide television slot. The team opened the season playing on ESPN’s Monday Night Football against the New York Giants.
The Steelers’ Week 7 game against the Tennessee Titans was protected by CBS in a 1 p.m. time slot, but was broadcast nearly nationwide, with CBS only showing two other 1 p.m. games.
The Steelers will play on national television at least three more times this season: against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, Nov. 26, on Sunday Night Football against the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 13 and at the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday, Dec. 21.