Though the Martavis Bryant year-long suspension is rightfully dominating the airwaves, we’re still on top of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ free agency moves.
The team is bringing in left tackle Russell Okung to visit, according to Michael Silver.
Free agent OT Russell Okung is still high on Lions… but he is now headed to Pittsburgh for a Steelers visit. Also NYG, SF, Seattle in mix
— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) March 12, 2016
Okung was drafted 6th overall by the Seattle Seahawks in 2010. He has struggled to stay healthy, never starting a full 16 game season, Most recently, he underwent shoulder surgery and told teams it would take roughly five months to recover, according to NFL.com.
We’re only six weeks out from his surgery so it would be a little difficult to see him get signed in the immediate future, unless a team was very comfortable with his rehab. Obviously, as Silver indicates, there is plenty of competition for his services, too.
It’s unclear what kind of role the Steelers envision him having though the fact they’re looking at Okung and have remained interested in bringing back Kelvin Beachum suggests they’re not as high on Alejandro Villanueva as I, and maybe others, thought.
The Steelers are currently very thin at tackle depth with Villanueva and Marcus Gilbert as the only other trusted options. Mike Adams missed all of 2015 with a back injury and will take a minor miracle to make the 53 man roster. Chris Hubbard became the swing tackle last year but is best suited inside.