Steelers Visit With Free Agents

Tampa Bay's Dexter Jackson arrived in Pittsburgh Sunday for a look around the Steelers' practice facility and Heinz Field. Monday, Cincinnati's Cory Hall will do the same.<br> <br> It's obvious the Steelers feel they have a bigger hole at free safety than director of football operations Kevin Colbert would have anyone believe.

By bringing in two of the top three free safeties available in free agency - Arizona's Kwame Lassiter is the other - the Steelers' actions speak louder than their words. This is a team that wants to get younger and faster at free safety, meaning Brent Alexander's days with the team may be numbered.

Jackson, the MVP of Tampa Bay's Super Bowl victory earlier this year after making two interceptions against Oakland, has seven regular season interceptions in 31 career starts.

The 6-0, 203-pound Florida State product isn't exactly a burner. He timed at just 4.59 in the 40 at the draft combine in 1999. He would also likely command a larger contract than Hall.

Hall (6-0, 213) has 47 career starts under his belt, with three career interceptions and six sacks.

Hall timed at 4.50 in the 40 at the 1999 combine, but hasn't shown the playmaking ability that Jackson has.

Either, however, would be a speed upgrade over Alexander.

Dale Lolley

Steel City Insider Top Stories