With the release of both Mike Logan and Russell Stuvaints and the impending free agency of Chris Hope, the Steelers are about to find themselves with just two safeties on the roster in Troy Polamalu and Tyrone Carter.
Now Polamalu is good, but he can't play both safety positions at the same time, so this could be a problem.
Carter has starting experience with both Minnesota and the Jets, but he's the kind of guy you're always looking to replace.
One option for the Steelers would be to re-sign cornerback Deshea Townsend and move him back to free safety. He catches the ball well and has been around the defense so long he likely knows it better than anyone on the team.
Another option would be to sign a veteran free agent. But if you're going to do that, why not just bring back Chris Hope?
Just a couple of weeks ago I would have put the odds of the Steelers using a first-round draft pick on a free safety at about 10 percent. But given that the position is really the only opening in the starting lineup that doesn't have a viable replacement, those odds are growing significantly.