The Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t in a good position when it comes to their salary cap. On top of not having much cap space available, they have some key free agents who are set to become Unrestricted Free Agents (UFAs) for the first time in their career.
OLB Bud Dupree
OG/C B.J. Finney
NT Javon Hargrave
Tough decisions await the black-and-gold, and it starts with who they bring back when the new league year begins on March 18th. If they bring back a player like Dupree, there is no way they will be able to afford to keep Finney and/or Hargrave. The same could be said about Dupree and Finney if they choose to keep Hargrave.
While they would like to keep the trio of players, the logistics say it simply isn’t in the cards.
So, going on the assumption Hargrave will no longer be on the team when 2020 rolls around, where will Hargrave end up playing next season? The fine folks at Pro Football Focus predicted the landing spots for the Top 50 free agents and they see Hargrave going to a horrible, bad and disgusting location — the Baltimore Ravens.
See what they had to say about the move, and the projected contract for the man they call “Gravedigger”:
DI JAVON HARGRAVE – BALTIMORE RAVENS
Projected contract: 4 years, $12 million per year ($28 million guaranteed)
Baltimore has only two real major flaws: their receiving unit and their pass-rush unit. The loaded wide receiver class in the 2020 NFL Draft can lead them to get decent value at Pick No. 28 or No. 60, and a healthy Marquise Brown will help them next season. The Ravens’ interior defensive line last season was among the bottom five in PFF pass-rush grade, and that might just be the position they target in March. The Steelers don’t have the money to pay Javon Hargrave, which is great news for their division rival. Hargrave finished the 2019 season as one of the 15 highest-graded pass-rushers at his position.
Watching Hargrave leave would be difficult enough, but watching him go to a division rival would be rubbing salt in the wound.
Of the thee big Steelers UFAs, who do you think will stay, and who do you think will leave? Is there a chance the Steelers let all three players leave via free agency, only to reap the benefits via compensatory draft picks in 2021?
Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below, and be sure to keep tabs on all things black-and-gold right here at BTSC throughout the offseason heading into the new league year!