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 to upgrade if the team is to return as a serious threat to the Patriots in the AFC. Inside Linebacker is a definite concern Franco Harris Jersey , but with Bud Dupree considered by some as a disappointment and a possible departure of FA Anthony Chickillo ...Pittsburgh can’t live on T.J. Watt and his 12 sacks alone. So they may address the edges as well. Here are OLBs available in free agency and whether or not they would be considered a Steeler option.Jadeveon Clowney - Houston TexansThis guy would be awesome in the Steel City, but the 26-year old (Feb. 14) could set the market in a defense-heavy offseason of free agency. Devastating against the run and as a pass rusher, the 2014 No. 1 overall pick had nine sacks Darrius Heyward-Bey Jersey , three fumble recoveries and a career-high 21 quarterback hits. Pairing him with another Watt could help the Steelers pass rush to be phenomenal and give the secondary more time to cover receivers. Wouldn’t be cheap, but would be well worth it.Dee Ford - Kansas City ChiefsFord has been inconsistent for Kansas City. He looked like a world beater in 2016 with ten sacks, but his other three years were sub par for the 2014 first rounder. Granted Dermontti Dawson Jersey , last year Ford had a back injury. He did rebound with a vengeance in 2018 with 13 sacks. His run support game is said to be sub par, but Ford is a very good pass rusher.Za’Darius Smith - Baltimore RavensEverybody talks T-Sizzle and C.J. Mosley, but Smith is a talent. The 2015 fourth-rounder had 8 1鈦? of hs 18 1鈦? career sacks in 2018. Smith would be a great sign and the Steelers wouldn’t hesitate to bring a guy like this over from a division rival. The Steelers already righted the fact that they picked the wrong Ole Miss CB (Senquez Golson) in the second round of 2015. Maybe they could finally get the right Kentucky OLB instead of the Wildcat they selected in Round One that year (Bud Dupree).K.J. Wright - Seattle SeahawksSoon to be 30 Chris Boswell Jersey , Wright has had an impressive career in a Seattle uniform. Limited to a mere five games due to an injured knee, Wright is still projected to be ready for 2019 and could be a bargain for the Steelers. Wright has played outside and inside throughout his career. Shaq Barrett - Denver Broncos Barrett is a young and solid edge-rush linebacker. Despite missing his entire rookie year, Barrett had a solid 2015 and 2016. Injuries hampered Shaq and limited him to four sacks in 2017. The Broncos added Bradley Chubb and Barrett’s opportunities were limited and he produced onlythree sacks in 2018 Merril Hoge Jersey , but he has tons of upside. Other Available Free Agent Outside Linebackers:Anthony Barr - Minnesota VikingsPreston Smith - Washington RedskinsTerrell Suggs - Baltimore Ravens Shane Ray - Denver Broncos Lorenzo Alexander - Buffalo Bills At his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Mike Tomlin was asked about why Artie Burns did not play a single defensive snap against the Cleveland Browns.“He was late to a Saturday walkthrough and then it was my choice not to play him.”Tomlin continued to describe Burns work ethic leading up to the game.“We’ll keep working with Artie. He had a good week of practice last week. I don’t want to make more out of it than what it is. But he was late.”Coach Tomlin went on to expound on why he felt the need to to hold Burns out for the entire game.“We wanted to be focused with the guys that were wired in and appropriately where they needed to be in the hours leading up to kickoff. So he (Burns) suffered the consequences of that.”As for how Tom and will handle Burns moving forward, he made it clear that Artie is still a part of the Steelers defensive plans.“We’ll roll that ball back out and get on track with him and others this week.”Coach Tomlin was asked if Coty Sensabaugh can’t go Mark Barron Jersey , if he feels confident with Burns.“I’ll let you know after I watch this week’s preparation. Not only in regards to him, but Coty. We’ll let his availability be our guide in terms of whether or not he plays.”


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