Bengals: First week free agency grades for every AFC North team

Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Steelers

New additions:

  • QB Mitch Trubisky
  • OL Mason Cole
  • OL James Daniels
  • CB Levi Wallace
  • LB Myles Jack

The Steelers, usually only minor participants in free agency, have made some big moves thus far. Of course, considering the team was falling apart, big moves were in order.

The signing of Mitch Trubisky should make every other team in the North happy. Trubisky flamed out with the Bears and held a clipboard in Buffalo for Josh Allen, and now comes to Pittsburgh on the heels of Big Ben’s (finally) retirement.

To compound matters, Pittsburgh lost JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington, and Ray-Ray McCloud in recent days to other teams, so options will be a bit limited for Mitch in 2022. Trubisky is a classic “see it, throw it” guy that moves well but doesn’t always keep his eyes downfield when under pressure, often resulting in mistakes.

Mason Cole and especially James Daniels are solid if unspectacular reinforcements to an offensive line that was among the worst in 2021. As much grief as the Bengals received about their line, the Steelers’ line was worse.

Levi Wallace arrives from Buffalo as one of the more underrated young corners in the league. The former Alabama walk-on and UDFA has made a nice niche for himself at outside corner. He will never be a superstar, but with the Steelers’ front-seven, Wallace should be more than good enough.

Myles Jack was let go in a salary dump by the Jaguars, and the Steelers wisely brought him in. Jack is still in his prime, and still very productive.  He will be an excellent addition to an already loaded front-seven.

Grade: B-