Steelers President Art Rooney II, recently said the organization will kick the tires on the wide receiver and running back free agent markets. But with such limited cap space and contracts of their own that must be worked out I could only imagine one affordable veteran offseason acquisition being a possibility.
Running backs James Conner, Jaylen Samuels, and Benny Snell are also still on their rookie deals and Kerrith Whyte Jr. displayed his athleticism well. So I can’t foresee any move being made at the position. But wide receiver remains interesting to me.
One year ago the Steelers brought in veteran Free Agent Donte Moncrief to help lead the new look receiving corps. Management also felt as though he was on the precipice of a break out season. They were wrong, oh so wrong.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson and James Washington are all currently 23 years of age and with Ben Roethlisberger’s career is winding down, the organization wouldn't likely spend another 2nd round pick to round out the position group. But rather amalgamate a veteran with sure hands into the mix.
But who is available and comes with a price tag in the Steelers budget?
We can eliminate the likes of Amari Cooper, Emmanuel Sanders, Robby Anderson and AJ Green because they're all projected to receive over $10 million (via/sportac). We can also eliminate Devin Funchess, and Travis Benjamin due to health concerns, or Nelson Agholor, and Breshad Perriman due to catch rate (A rabbit hole this team won't jump down again in the near-future).
That really only leaves 2 names: Randall Cobb, and Danny Amendola. Both will be in their 30’s come the start of the 101st league year. Both are coming off 15 game seasons where either player was targeted at least 83 times and the two combined for 14 drops (30 games).
Randall Cobb is the younger of the duo and figures to be the more expensive option. Sportac estimates Cobbs yearly value at $7.1 million. But over the course of a backloaded 2-3 year deal the contract should fit under cap without issue.
Danny Amendola will be 34 in 2020, but has been on a long stretch of good health and consistent play. Amendola figures to be roughly around the same value as his 2019 hit of $4.4 Million. Depending on the market, he could possibly snagged for a bit less than that.
Depending on how much cap is cleared will likely determine which of those two names would suit up for the Steelers and while neither player would make for the flashiest move, taking into consideration what Art Rooney said, plus the philosophy of the team, and the cap situation, adding either player would make for a believable addition.
So what do you think? Are Amendola or Cobb the only believable WR targets? Are there any other names you think this team could chase? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!