The Pittsburgh Steelers received some disappointing news Monday when Daniel Archibold announced his retirement, but they can easily turn that into an advantage.

That’s because the Steelers now have an open roster spot to fill. And, they have cap space, so they don’t have limitations when it comes to who they can bring in.

Now, that’s not saying they need to go out and make a blockbuster trade or look for a player who can be a foundational piece for years to come. But, they can find quality veteran help for a solid price, if they desire to do so.

And as it turns out, there’s one available name that makes a lot of sense.

The Steelers should take a look at Jamie Collins Sr.

The Steelers still need to fill out the depth at the outside linebacker position. And, they have slight questions at inside linebacker.

Collins can help in both regards.

He’s a versatile player that can line up all over the front seven and make plays. His stats reflect his versatility, as well. Collins has 706 total tackles, 26.5 sacks, 12 interceptions, 64.0 TFLs, 53 QB hits, 19 forced fumbles, and 39 pass deflections over the course of his eight-year career.

And, the Steelers have a former coaching connection in Brian Flores. Flores was the Patriots safties coach when Collins had his first stint from 2013-2016.

And before we ask, ‘But wait, how does a safeties coach connect with a linebacker?’, just check out Matt LaFleur’s and De’Vondre Campbell’s relationship. LaFleur was the Atlanta Falcons’ quarterbacks coach in 2016, during Campbell’s rookie year. Campbell is a linebacker, but the two formed a strong enough bond to where it created an advantage for LaFleur and the Green Bay Packers last year.

The Packers signed Campbell and all he did was earn first-team All-Pro honors in 2021.

Now, no one is saying that will happen with Collins, but Flores knows what he can do and he’s seen it in an up-front, live-action setting.

The cards are there to make a play. It all just depends on whether or not the Steelers -and Collins- want to play them.

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