Offseason Decisions: Cuts
The Steelers will begin free agency this year with an estimated $4,863,818.00 after accounting for the restricted Free Agent tenders. They will need roughly $4.5-5 million for their draft picks. This may seem to many that the Steelers can not effectively sign any Free Agents. Well this isn't exactly the case. In the post I will first list out offseason decisions I would make as Kevin Colbert and then a mock draft. While this may not be very likely it will certainly be possible. I will also give the project depth chart as well.
The first thing I would do is create so more cap space by cutting some overpaid players.
Johnathan Scott- due to make $2.7 million, if cut will save the Steelers $2.2million
Will Allen - played less then 50 plays on defense over the last 2 years due to make $1.6 million if cut will save $1.28 million.
Shaun Suisham (after June 1st)- due to count $1.6875 against the 2012 cap. If cut after June 1st save $1.25 million for 2012 cap.
Rashard Mendehall- Expect to start the year on the PUP, and cutting him saves the Steelers $2.325 million, he is in the last year of his contract.
New Cap Space $11,918,818.00. After draft estimated at $5 million. $6,918,818.00 for Free Agents
Offseason Decisions: Additions
Johnathan Scott- veteran minimum $.665 million need tackle depth he has starting experience
Jericho Cotchery- 3 year contract worth $5million approximately $1.66 million a year.
Larry Grant- Grant was given an original round tender for estimated 1.26 million. He is 27 and look pretty damn good in time spent. The question is what is the compensation. Well Grant was drafted in the 7th round. That mean to get Grant they give the 49ers a 7th round pick. They have at leats a 7th round compensatory pick so can give up their 7th with no remorse. Sign him to a 4 years $16 million dollar contract estimated $4 million a year fair price for a starter. Back load it slightly so cap hit is $2.5 million this year.
New Cap Space$7.093818 million. After estimated $5 for draft and UDFAs $2,593,818.00.
The Steelers now do not need an ILB and can look else where in the draft. I will mention the pospects but not give a full description in the interest of length.
Round 1, Pick #24-
Cordy Glenn, OG/OT Georgia-
Glenn is a big bodied athlete that can play guard or tackle, something the Steelers value. Need to lose some weight to help him play low but good prospect who has boom potential.
Round 2, Pick #56-
Alemeda Ta'amu, DT Washington-
The Steelers need a NT with Hampton likely starting the year on the PUP. Ta'amu is a big prospect with good initial quickness off the line who can hold up against the double team. Can come in on day one and play against the run.
Round 3, Pick #88-
Markelle Martin, FS, Oklahoma State-
Martin is an athlete who can play sideline to sideline or in the box. With Ryan Clark being 32 and Troys injury histor y this is a pick for the future. He guessed a lot in college and wrong at times but he has potential to be very good.
Round 4, Pick #120-
Derek Wolfe, DT Cincinnati-
Despite spending 2 of their last 3 pick on the DE position they are still thin. Wolfe has ideal body for a 3-4 DE and can be a solid back up guy.
Round 5, Pick #152-
Jaquies Smith, DE/OLB Missouri-
6'3" 255lbs prospect who is inconsistent with he get off but has a great motor. The Steelers always draft a LB this guy has potential to be the back up to Woodley.
Round 6, Pick #184-
Justin Bethel, CB Presbyterian-
Big well built CB with good feet and smooth change of direction. He dominated the much weaker competition in college and could end up being a steal in the draft
Round 7, Pick 216-
Given to the San Fransico 49ers as compensation for signing Larry Grant
Round 7, Compensatory pick-
Greg Zuerlein, K Northwest Missouri State-
Huge leg kicker, with great range. Definitely an upgrade over Suisham.
TE: Heath Miller, Wes Saunders, David Johnson
LT: Marcus Gilbert, Johnathan Scott
LG: Cordy Glenn, Doug Legursky
C: Maurkice Pouncey, Doug Legursky
RG: Ramon Foster, Doug Legursky
RE: Brett Keisel, Derek Wolfe
NT: Steve McClendon, Alemeda Ta'amu, Ziggy Hood (plays 3rd down, passing situations)
LE: Ziggy Hood, Cameron Heyward (plays 3rd down, passing situations)
LOLB: Lamar Woodley, Jaquies Smith
FS: Ryan Clark, Markelle Martin
K: Greg Zuerlein
KR/PR Emmanuel Sanders
In this scenario the Steelers have over $2 million in cap room left, while getting a starting ILB, starting OG and a contributing NT. They do lack depth at OT still and have unproven players at corner but I think Cortez is going to be very good this year. Redman showed enough in Denver that he and Batch can be effective even though they are largely unproven. It isn't the best case scenario but it would set the defense up to continue to be dominant for future years.