Jeremy Fowler believes S Terrell Edmunds is still returning to the Steelers
With the start of the 2022 NFL Draft about a week away, the Pittsburgh Steelers still have a big hole in the solid safety position. So, will they fill that hole with a veteran in the days or weeks to come? NFL insider Jeremy Fowler of ESPN thinks they will, according to what he said Wednesday during an interview on 93.7 The Fan.
“So I’m pretty confident saying they’re going to add security,” Fowler said Wednesday.
While most Steelers fans are hoping veteran free agent safety Tyrann Mathieu will eventually be the underdog added to that position in the days or weeks to come, Fowler made it clear on Wednesday that he believes he There was still a possibility that the team would re-sign unrestricted free agent safety Terrell Edmunds.
“I think they were waiting for Terrell Edmunds,” Fowler said Wednesday. “I think people forget that one. Everybody wants to talk about the Honey Badger [Mathieu], but Edmunds has been in the mix a lot. I believe he has an offer he sat on from the Steelers and other teams, and for some reason he just takes his time and is patient. Maybe he’ll wait until after the draft. But I think if he called them and said, ‘Hey, I’m ready to come back,’ they would.”
Edmunds obviously remains unsigned at this time of this post and quite honestly, there have been no reports tying him to any teams other than the Steelers. Of the safeties available to veteran free agents under the age of 29 still on the market right now, Edmunds tops this very short list.
The narrative for the past few weeks has been that Edmunds has had an offer on the table from the Steelers. That said, the Steelers reportedly attempted to sign veteran safety Kareem Jackson before he decided to re-sign with the Denver Broncos a few weeks ago. It has also been somewhat rumored that the Steelers are interested in Mathieu this offseason as well. At the very least, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin called Mathieu at some point earlier in the offseason.
The closer we get to the draft, the more likely it becomes that Edmunds and Mathieu won’t sign until the first game of May at the earliest. The week after the draft, unrestricted free agents signed will no longer count towards the compensatory draft formula, so that’s another thing that could factor into the future of both safeties.
Even if the Steelers were to inking Edmunds or Mathieu next week, they could still address the strong safety position anytime during the draft. In fact, it’ll be a bit of a surprise if the Steelers don’t pick a solid safety guy in the first two days of the draft.
The Steelers are now scheduled to hold their annual pre-draft press conference on Monday and when that event takes place, it will be interesting to see if general manager Kevin Colbert is asked about the possibility of a veteran safety being signed soon. Stay tuned.