clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Is Stefen Wisniewski the perfect replacement for B.J. Finney?

Breaking down every player one-by-one alphabetically on the Steelers current 90-man roster

Super Bowl LIV - San Francisco 49ers v Kansas City Chiefs Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

We are in the penultimate installment of our 90ish-part series — assuming the roster does not change before we are complete — which will break down each player of the Steelers current 90-man (now 80-man) roster in alphabetical order. This series will encompass many aspects of each players game and their current role with the team. At the end, I’ll give some projected stats as well as their chances to make the 53-man roster.

Let’s take a look at two time Super Bowl champion:

Stefen Wisniewski

Position: IOL
Height: 6’ 3”
Weight: 305 lbs
College: Penn State
Draft: 2nd round 48th overall in 2011


2019 Stats

11 Games played
2 Games Started


Contract remaining

Expires in 2022
$1,237,500 salary cap number (.6% of total cap)
$187,500 Dead money (Through the end of the deal)
$1,050,000 Savings if cut


Likelihood of making the roster

Lock. Stefen Wisniewski wasn’t brought in to fight for a roster spot, he really wasn’t brought into to compete for a starting job either. Wisniewski was signed to plug the hole left behind by B.J. Finney when he left in free agency. Having a back up offensive lineman that can play every interior three position is a huge asset to a team. It allows the Steelers to simply place Wisniewski at any position in the event of an injury and not have to play musical chairs with its entire offensive line. No one else on the roster has this skill set, and that alone paves the way for Wisniewski’s roster spot.


2020 projection

The best case scenario wouldn’t see Wisniewski receiving any playing time at all. But unfortunately injuries are a certainty of every NFL season and at the very least Wisniewski will get a handful of snaps in every game. Don't expect a Pro Bowl season out of the free agent signee, but winning a third Super Bowl title in his career would be a nice compromise.


Projected stats:

12 Games played
2 Games started


Summary

The signing of Stefen Wisniewski is an awesome story for the Pittsburgh area native. He’s started for teams across the NFL, hoisted Lombardis in Philadelphia and Kansas City, and now has the opportunity to play for his home town team. Winning one more Super Bowl where he grew up would be the cherry on top of a career that has already spanned a decade.

This was a savvy move for Kevin Colbert and company. B.J. Finney had priced himself out of Pittsburgh and the team brought in someone with a similar skill set at a fraction of the cost. Considering this is just a two-year deal, this was by far the safest deal signed in the 2020 offseason.


Previously Highlighted

Ola Adeniyi
Marcus Allen
Tyson Alualu
Trajan Bandy
Zach Banner
J.T. Barrett -Cut
John Battle
Jordan Berry
Saeed Blacknall
Breon Borders
Chris Boswell
Antoine Brooks Jr.
Isaiah Buggs
Devin Bush
Deon Cain
Kam Canaday
Chase Claypool
Josiah Coatney -Cut
James Conner
Anthony Coyle
Jordan Dangerfield
Amara Darboh
Carlos Davis
David DeCastro
Christian DiLauro
Kevin Dotson
Bud Dupree
Eric Ebron
Terrell Edmunds
Trey Edmunds
Matt Feiler
Minkah Fitzpatrick
Zach Gentry
Ulysees Gilbert III
Derwin Gray
Joe Haden
J.C. Hassenauer
Quadree Henderson -Cut
Dewayne Hendrix -Cut
Cam Heyward
Alex Highsmith
Mike Hilton
Devlin Hodges
John Houston -Cut
Anthony Johnson
Diontae Johnson
Jarron Jones
John Keenoy
Tyree Kinnel -Cut
Christian Kuntz -Cut
Justin Layne
Leo Lewis
James Lockhart
Paxton Lynch
Dan McCullers
Vance McDonald
Anthony McFarland Jr.
Henry Mondeaux
Christian Montano -Cut
Alexander Myres
Steven Nelson
Spencer Nigh -Cut
Chuks Okorafor
James Pierre
Maurkice Pouncey
Kevin Rader
Dax Raymond
Ben Roethlisberger
Mason Rudolph
Jaylen Samuels
Tuzar Skipper
Wendall Smallwood
Juju Smith-Schuster
Benny Snell Jr.
Robert Spillane
Cameron Sutton
Ryan Switzer
Calvin Taylor
Stephon Tuitt
Alejandro Villanueva
Corliss Waitman
Cavon Walker
James Washington
Derek Watt
T.J. Watt
Kerrith Whyte
Vince Williams