Right at the start of the free agent signing period, the Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly had interest in unrestricted free agent cornerbacks Alterraun Verner, Nolan Carroll and Captain Munnerlyn. As of today, all three have signed with new teams as Munnerlyn has now agreed to a 3-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings that has a max value of $15 million.
At 5’8″, it’s not surprising that Munnerlyn was the last of the trio to sign and it’s hard to believe that the Steelers really had any interest in him as he’s really best suited to play in the slot as opposed to outside.
If the Steelers wind up signing a free agent cornerback moving forward, it will only be for depth purposes and that player better be a solid special teams player to boot.
The Steelers will more than likely draft two cornerbacks come May just like they did in 2011 when they selected Cutis Brown and Cortez Allen.
Several of the latest mock drafts are starting to tab either Justin Gilbert or Darqueze Dennard as the Steelers first round selection. We’ll probably see even more of that moving forward now that most appear to finally be off of the Louis Nix III bandwagon and because the Steelers added safety Mike Mitchell via free agency.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert attended the Pro Days of both Gilbert and Dennard, and that’s not really all that shocking.