The Steelers problem is mainly on defense. They just haven't done a good job replacing that studly defense they had in the 2000s. Those linebackers, the secondary, the d line. They just don't have that dynamic defense anymore....and the one pretty athletic side line to side line line backer Shazier got hurt. They don't intimidate anyone any more....they are basically the 2000 Colts...overwhelming teams with offensive firepower.
I think this is actually a pretty good FA group for making a shift to a 4-3 defense. Fortunately, all of his long-term commitments from last offseason will fit (which I assume was the plan). But even given the amount of activity last offseason, I fully expect Ballard to get heavily involved in FA on the defensive side...including in the front 7.
A few more names to keep an eye on that haven't been mentioned:
DL - Kony Ealy, Alex Okafor
CB - Kyle Fuller
ILB - Christian Jones
OLB - Nigel Bradham, Mychal Kendricks (if cut)
I think we could see pickups at ILB, OLB, DE and DT. Could look something like this in early March:
RDE - Ealy
RDT - Hankins
LDT - ?
LDE - Sheard
Will - Kendricks
Mike - Hitchens
Sam - Simon
That would set up a ton of flexibility heading into the draft. Get an elite defensive prospect (ideally a pass rusher) and then go after some positions on offense like OL, RB and WR.
Furthermore, if you need regurgitation by Holder or Keefer or that which can commonly be observed by any untrained eye to be informed....then you aren't really all that interested in the Colts.
Does my disdain for the Star show too much? I may need to work on that.