According to the eye test, Arthur Moats could already be a solution at outside linebacker
As the release or re-sign period of free agency gets underway, the Steelers have several decisions to make on a numbers of players, including, but not limited to: Brice McCain, Antwon Blake, Will Allen, Troy Polamalu, and Arthur Moats. I saved Moats for last for a reason.
Given the dire situation at outside linebacker, Moats is a must to re-sign. Jarvis Jones is the only outside linebacker under contract, Jason Worilds is going to test free agency, and James Harrison’s future is uncertain. I personally think Moats will fight for a starting spot even if Pittsburgh picks up a guy in free agency and/or the draft.
Moats started nine games in 2014, but saw limited snaps in those starts as he rotated with Harrison (and Jones when he returned from injury). While his stats don’t exactly jump off the screen, look no further than the eye test. Moats was able to rack up four sacks, two forced fumbles, and a handful of tackles in the backfield in his limited time. He just seemed to always play good football and always be in the right spot when he was on the field.
Re-signing Moats will give the Steelers a couple options. His price tag won’t be high and he will be 27 when the season starts – they can’t go wrong keeping a young and productive player on the team for a bargain price. At worst, Pittsburgh keeps a guy that is a quality backup that can play all four linebacker positions. At best, Moats builds off last season and wins the starting job that will open up when Worilds departs.
OLB is a mess right now, but sometimes you don’t have to look further than your own back yard to start fixing problems. I believe Moats would make the most of his opportunity if he is re-signed. Translation: the Steelers might already have their answer right infront of them. Throw in the fact that Moats has said he loves the organization and would love to come back, and his high character is just another plus.
It’s a foregone conclusion to most that Moats will definitely be re-signed for depth purposes. I won’t say “I told you so” if he ends up starting and has a fantastic season doing so.