Pittsburgh Steelers free agents who remain on the open market after the 2023 NFL Draft

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been very active throughout the NFL Free Agency, and that has led to them signing several of their own free agents. Players like Damontae Kazee and Larry Ogunjobi were seen as priorities, while others like Terrell Edmunds and Cameron Sutton found new homes elsewhere.

With the 2023 NFL Draft officially over, several players who were members of the Steelers in 2022 are still on the open market. Below, we’ll list those players and ask the question fans want to know: “Why haven’t they signed anyone yet?”

Let’s start…

Mason Rudolph – QB

Rudolph has a better resume than many quarterbacks who have already been signed, but he remains on the open market. Will he return to the team as QB3? Is there anything else here that fans don’t know?

Derek Watt – FB

If Watt expects a contract similar to the one he received when he signed with the Steelers as a free agent, it could be a while before he finds a home. With fullback usage dwindling across the league, Watt’s price tag will be for special team money. That’s not a bad thing, but it just depends on what he expects to receive in the open market.

Jesse Davis-OL

Davis did not play for the Steelers outside of special teams snaps, and the team made several moves down the offensive line throughout free agency. If Davis has a home in 2023, it’s unlikely to be in Pittsburgh.

Tyson Alalu-DT

Most expect a retirement announcement from Alualu, but that might not happen until he sees that there is no more market for him.

Marcus Allen – S/LB

Allen’s personal foul penalty against the Carolina Panthers was a tipping point for the fanbase. If the Steelers bring back their “hype man”, it would have to be very cheap. If he signs elsewhere, many will celebrate him not returning to the team.

Chris Wormley-DE

The unfortunate ACL tear for Wormley at the end of the 2022 regular season put him in a tough spot. No team is going to spend precious dollars on a player who has just had major reconstructive knee surgery, not before proving he is healthy. It could take some time, and Wormley will unfortunately have to wait.

Karl Joseph-S

Joseph did not play in 2022 after injuring his leg during pre-season. A year on injured reserve (IR) should mean he’s healthy and ready to go, but it could also mean most teams have forgotten about the former first-round pick. Joseph will likely wait until the post-NFL Draft and closer to camp before signing anyone, if he even receives an offer.

Benny Snell Jr. – AR

Speaking of special teams value, Benny Snell provides that to the Steelers. Snell would be wise to wait out the process, but if there are no suitors for him after the draft, he could sign with the Steelers, be their RB3 and also help anchor special teams units. Believe it or not, that has value for players of Snell’s caliber.

To keep tabs on all of the Steelers free agents who stayed and left, check out the Steelers free agent tracker below:

Who, if any, of the above free agents do you see returning to the Steelers? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest Steelers news and notes as they continue through the 2023 offseason.

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