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Mike Evans

Due to some extremely surprising non-impactful drafts, the Pittsburgh Steelers are in desperate need of some immediate impact to change their fortunes.

Their is a dire need at several positions and depth is a screaming issue for the Steelers. I’ll pinpoint some players that should be available when the Steelers pick or should be within reach to obtain through a trade of picks.

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Darrius Heyward-Bey

On Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Steelers agreed to terms with former Colts wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey on a one-year deal. That now makes the Steelers a bit deeper at the wide receiver position. However, it does not necessarily make them any better.

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Ben Roethlisberger and Le'Veon Bell

The Pittsburgh Steelers have not made any huge splashes this offseason in free agency. That is partially due to their current cap situation, but that may not be the only reason. It seems like the Steelers feel fine with the way last year ended.

As most remember, the Steelers started the season 2-6. However, the team ended the season at 8-8, going 6-2 in their final eight games. That’s a complete 180 degree turnaround from the first eight games. It’s apparent that the Steelers as an organization feel they were right there last year. They aren’t wrong, either. The Steelers were in it until the very end and narrowly missed the postseason. So what exactly is the plan?

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Lance Moore

Late Friday afternoon, it was announced that Lance Moore signed a two-year contract with the Steelers. This comes just a day after the Steelers lost Jerricho Cotchery to the Carolina Panthers.

This was another good signing by the Steelers because it strengthens their receiving corps. After losing Emmanuel Sanders and eventually Cotchery, Thursday night, the Steelers top three receivers were Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, and Derek Moye. But, Moore adds some depth to that receiving core. Now, it’s Brown, Moore, and Wheaton as the top three wideouts for Pittsburgh.

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Emmanuel Sanders

On Saturday night, free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders inked a three-year, $15 million deal with the Denver Broncos. The Broncos just recently lost Eric Decker, arguably one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, to the New York Jets. Sanders, now a former Steeler, appears to be his replacement. Yes, the Broncos have Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas, but the Broncos took a huge step back as far as depth at wideout.

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James Jones

The Pittsburgh Steelers made a big splash on Tuesday by signing free agent safety Mike Mitchell to a five-year, $25 million deal. Mitchell brings youth to a defense where the average age of the starters was 33 last year.

I give this signing an A if I have to grade it. Mitchell had a breakout year in 2013 on one of the NFL’s best defenses. He also came at a pretty good price for the Steelers.

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Jermichael Finley

Free agent tight end Jermichael Finley is drawing interest from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe tweeted as much on Friday. Of course, Finley is also drawing interest from plenty of other teams.

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Jason Worilds

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Monday that they have placed the transition tag on linebacker Jason Worilds. That gave them the right to match any offer Worilds would have received on the free agent market. It also means Worilds is getting $9.754 million from the Steelers in 2014 if he signs the offer.

On Tuesday, he did sign the offer. That’s a good sign Worilds believes a long-term deal is coming his way, since he can no longer accept offers from other teams.

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Ben Roethlisberger and Le'Veon Bell

Ben Roethlisberger is coming off one of the most productive seasons of his career. Antonio Brown has proven himself one of the league’s elite receivers as well as a great playmaker on special teams.

With the Pittsburgh Steelers and Emmanuel Sanders looking at parting ways this off season, Big Ben is going to need a quality receiver to take his place. Jerricho Cotchery led the Steelers in touchdown receptions this past season with 10. In the process, he had one of the best seasons of his career and proved himself a viable option. He should remain one if the Steelers don’t let him leave via free agency.

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Jarvis Jones

Jarvis Jones did not have a very impressive rookie season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers first-round pick had just one sack and 41 tackles all year.

However, Dick LeBeau’s defense takes time to get used to. Jones did not see a lot of downs early on in the season. In fact, Jones was benched in the game vs. Oakland and Jason Worilds saw 52 snaps compared to Jones’ 11.

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