Barnwell predicted on Thursday that Pittsburgh will sign free-agent offensive tackle Eric Fisher.
The Steelers started rookie fourth-rounder Dan Moore for 16 games in 2021 and didn’t get great results; Moore ranked last in the NFL among tackles in pass block win rate and was about league average against the run. The Steelers shouldn’t immediately abandon their hopes of developing Moore into a valuable tackle, but adding Fisher would give them a reliable left tackle to protect first-round pick Kenny Pickett. Pittsburgh already imported Mason Cole and James Daniels this offseason, so we know it is comfortable adding linemen in free agency.
Fisher was the No. 1 overall selection by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2013 NFL Draft. He spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Chiefs before signing a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts in 2021.
The former Central Michigan standout has reached two Pro-Bowls during his career (2018 and 2020) while playing in 132 career games (128 starts).
Fisher is a solid/dependable player that would instantly bolster a Steelers offensive line that struggled mightily in 2021 (partially due to a lack of continuity along the offensive line).
A signing like this wouldn’t generate many headlines, but it would be a smart move that would improve Pittsburgh’s chances of earning a playoff spot in 2022.
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