The Pittsburgh Steelers have one of the best pass rushers in the NFL in TJ Watt, but the outside linebacker position is still an area where the franchise could use some depth.

In fact, The Athletic’s Mark Kaboly suggested this week that adding another outside linebacker is the Steelers’ biggest remaining offseason need.

From The Athletic:

The Steelers have little depth behind T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith at outside linebacker. Now, they probably can get away with Derek Tuszka as an in-game swing outside linebacker, but if any sort of injury occurs to Watt or Highsmith, they are in dire straits. The Steelers were in a similar position last year, when they signed veteran free agent Melvin Ingram right before camp, so that could be the avenue they ultimately take. But something surely has to be done.

Jan 16, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt (90) reacts during the first half in an AFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Having a star defensive player like Watt is obviously a major ingredient to being a successful NFL team. But having quality depth is almost as important.

Watt, the reigning NFL defensive player of the year, has never played in fewer than 15 regular-season games during his five-year NFL career. He’s a durable player who should be on the field regularly.

But the Steelers still have to protect themselves against losing him. They also need rotational depth. Watt isn’t going to play every snap of every game. He could get banged up over the course of a 60-minute battle on a Sunday afternoon. Pittsburgh needs another dependable pass rusher that can spell Watt if needed.

The Steelers don’t need to go sign an expensive free agent like Jadeveon Clowney. A reunion with someone like Melvin Ingram (who was traded by the Steelers last season to the Kansas City Chiefs) could make sense. Or maybe they could target Jason Pierre-Paul, who is coming off a down season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and shouldn’t be overly expensive.

There are plenty of options. Pittsburgh just needs to make sure they sign one of those options before training camp. Otherwise, they’ll be counting too much on Watt staying healthy. And betting on health is never a wise thing to do.

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