We as Steelers’ fans have been clamoring for Eric Weddle to finally wear the black and gold. That’s good and all, however he’s 31 years old right now. How much longer will his body be able to keep up with the physical demands? How hefty will his price tag be?
And what about cornerback? Its an obvious need as well.
The Steelers need a contigency plan in case any sort of Weddle deal goes down the drain. Or if the Steelers simply want to go a more younger, yet experienced route.
If the Steelers want to go down that road, I say we should offer a contract to someone who can play both defensive back positions and that has the potential to become even better.
Enter Walter Thurmond.
Now, I’m not saying he’s a better option than Weddle. Obviously Eric has more experience as a safety and should be a top priority.
Yet, Thurmond may be an attractive offer at the right price.
Walter is a cornerback turned safety. The Eagles needed a safety, and Thurmond delivered to an extent.
One can argue that he has already reached his prime at the age of 28 and that we shouldn’t expect much out of him at this point.
A change of scenery has helped him once before, but maybe the 3rd time will be the luckiest of all?
Originally drafted by the Seahawks in the 4th round in 2010, he went to the Giants in 2014 and the Eagles in 2015.
He has okay-ish size at 5ft, 11in. and weighs in at 190 lbs. He has 4 career interceptions, with 3 of them coming last season with the Eagles. He had 71 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 sacks to go along with that total in 2015.
I could definitely see Keith Butler designing some DB blitzes for him, whether his place is at safety or corner. He seemed to do well at strong safety, so I would assume thats where Butler would try him out at first.
The Steelers seem to be willing to stick their hand into the free agency barrel this off season. Good news is that they have some good options.
Whatever they decide to do, it will certainly be something interesting to watch.
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