The Pittsburgh Steelers, like almost every NFL franchise, are in need of offensive help via free agency this offseason. While the new league year doesn’t start until March, it is never too early to look at the upcoming free agents and who might be a good fit for any particular team.
One thing to keep in mind when talking about potential free agent acquisitions is the overall cost of the player vs. the amount of salary cap space a team would need to possess to obtain that particular player.
In the Steelers’ case, they currently have just over $4 million dollars in salary cap space available to them at the moment. This clearly can change with players being released to help create more salary cap space.
For instance, if the Steelers cut ties with Ramon Foster, Vance McDonald and Anthony Chickillo they could free up roughly $15 million in cap space with just those three roster moves. If you throw in a couple players restructuring contracts and the black-and-gold could have some money to work with when the new league year starts.
Considering the Steelers’ biggest needs are the offensive side of the football, here is a list of upcoming offensive free agents at Quarterback, Running Back, Wide Receiver and Tight End. All positions the Steelers could potentially target via free agency.
This per Ryan McDowell of RotoWorld:
Upcoming free agents… pic.twitter.com/pVjwKTcOEf— Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23) January 13, 2020
When looking at the above list, you immediately see players who you know the Steelers will never be able to afford, or would desire. Players like Tom Brady, Drew Brees or even A.J. Green. Sure, it is nice to discuss the possibility, but the reality is there are just a few players on the above list who could be on the Steelers’ radar.
A player like Tyler Eifert, who played in all 16 games for the Bengals this season, could be what the Steelers need at tight end, but do they want another injury-prone tight end? Randall Cobb didn’t really impress in 2019, but could he be a missing piece for the Steelers’ offense? The same was said about Donte Moncrief last offseason. The tight end group is the one to keep an eye on, but players like Hunter Henry and Austin Hooper will likely price themselves out of the Steelers’ price range.
What do you think? Who are the players in the list above who you would like to see in the black-and-gold, and who are realistic options for the Steelers when free agency starts in March? Let us know in the comment section below, and be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as they prepare for yet another lengthy offseason.