After the loss of Emmanuel Sanders early on in free agency, the Pittsburgh Steelers found themselves in need of making another move at wide receiver. According to the team’s official website, they’ve done just that.
Darrius Heyward-Bey (27) has agreed to a one-year deal with the team.
Financial details of the contract are not yet available, but it’s safe to assume that this deal won’t break in the bank in Pittsburgh.
After four up-and-down years in Oakland, many expected Heyward-Bey to really take off in Indianapolis in 2013. Andrew Luck was by far the best quarterback the WR had ever been on the same team with, but he ultimately failed to take his game to the next level with the Colts.
In total last season, DHB only caught 29 passes for 309 yards. He did play in all 16 games for the first time in his career, but he also recorded his lowest receiving total since his rookie season in 2009.
The Colts didn’t want him back and clearly the market for the WR wasn’t great, as it took about three weeks for him to find a new home. But now that we know where he’ll be playing in 2014, is Pittsburgh a good fit?
I’m of the opinion that Ben Roethlisberger makes everyone around him better. Without multiple reliable receivers on the roster right now, DHB should get a fair shot over the offseason to prove himself. By the time the preseason rolls around, it won’t be shocking to see him listed at the No. 3 spot on the team’s WR depth chart.
This signing isn’t a game-changer for the Steelers, but it does give them some much needed depth at the WR position.