The Pittsburgh Steelers are not a team known to make a splash in free agency and this year does not look to be any different. Instead, the Steelers tend to try and lockup young players coming off good seasons the year before they explode. That is perhaps what they are trying to do by signing outside linebacker Arthur Moats to a three year deal. Moats was brought in last year from Buffalo and it was thought that he would mostly be playing special teams. However, Moats proved to be a very good outside linebacker as well. Moats played in a reserve/spot starting role, appearing in all 16 games, registering 23 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and a fumble recover. He got much better as the season went on and as he learned the system, he became the Steelers best pass rusher. With James Harrison on his last legs, Jason Worilds likely to leave via free agency, and Jarvis Jones still unproven, the Steelers made the move and signed Moats to a long term extension. As long as they did this at a reasonable price, this is a very good move by a very good organization.
Pittsburgh Steelers resign Outside Linebacker Arthur Moats to a Three Year Deal