Pittsburgh Steelers NEWS: Kelvin Beachum Will Test Free Agent Market

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Feb 18, 2016 02:15 PM EST
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Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum will test the free agent market, and the Steelers will wait and see where his market goes before deciding if they will resign him."

The Pittsburgh Steelers will let offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum test free agency this offseason, and general manager Kevin Colbert has said the team will wait and see where his market goes in free agency, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

The Steelers starting left tackle played in six games this season before tearing his ACL in his left knee, and will likely garner plenty of interest on the open market. The Steelers selected Beachum as a seventh round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, and he has developed into a legitimate starting left tackle the past couple years in Pittsburgh.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered multiple injuries during the 2015 season, and while some of those can be blamed on him holding onto the ball too long, the offensive line clearly deserves some of the blame. The Steelers have plenty of needs this offseason, but if Beachum walks in free agency Pittsburgh could look to find a replacement in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller has projected the Steelers to select Ohio State offensive tackle Taylor Decker with the 25th pick in the draft, and he could be a viable option to become a starting tackle on the Steelers offensive line by week one. It's unknown who will be on the board when the Steelers are on the clock with the 25th pick, but it's plausible to believe they could look to solidify their offensive line in the first round.

The Steelers have plenty of needs in the upcoming draft in their secondary and their offensive line, and will have to wait and see what Beachum demands on the open market before they find out if they are able to resign him this offseason.

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