Steinberg's MMQB: The top-five defensive FA signings

As we continue to prime the 2023 season, which is rapidly approaching, we’re continuing to look back on an off-season full of player movement and huge free agent contracts. This week we’re focusing on the defensive side of the ball with the five biggest additions over the winter.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at

Micah Johnson should be on this list.

Johnson is not on the list for a good reason, he’s overated!! Yes he was a strong force in his younger days, I watched him all last season in Hamilton and he really didn’t do anything too special. He’s just not the player he once was.

Players @ Micah’s age are a gamble. There’s tons of examples of steep declines once you get a little into the 30’s. But, to be fair, 24 tackles & 7 sacks is VG @ the DT position. Playing with Wynn helped his stats as the #2 guy IMO. The previous year he had 2 sacks as the #1 guy in Riderville playing with another old guy, a 34 year old Makena Henry.

Micah’s going to line up beside Lanier, a stud DT, so that helps. Whether or not that translates into a good season at his age is doubtful IMO. It’s a young man’s game. The Riders got him real cheap & there’s a reason for that.