Steelers CB depth chart: Checking the position pre-free agency
Only one of the cornerbacks who played for the Steelers in 2015 remains on the team. And even there, by the skin of his sub package skill set and middling cap hit.
The position has been salvaged by NFL scrap heap signings, reinforced by a marquee free agent that fell into Pittsburgh’s collective lap and ultimately transformed since the Steelers made the divisional round playoffs in an extremely soft zone two seasons ago. It’s a more highlighted and potentially exposed spot in the defense than it was when the team leaned on Valentino née Antwon Blake, Ross Cockrell and the still-aging William Gay.
Artie Burns, Joe Haden are those magnified corners. And as the Steelers hurdled toward free agency in a cap crunch, it’s fair to question where both, and others stand in Pittsburgh’s positional pecking order.
Here, we give our best stab at setting the table:
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When he played he was Pittsburgh’s best corner. When the Steelers needed someone to shadow DeAndre Hopkins, they turned to Haden, who was coming off a five-game injury layoff and didn’t practice doing so, before he largely limited one of the league’s top receivers on Christmas Day.
In a position where there are plenty of questions, the only one lingering around Haden is whether or not he and the Steelers will refigure the nearly $12 million he’s set to cost the team against the cap in 2018..