When the NFL announced the 2021 salary cap was dipping to $182.5 million, this a decrease from $198 million dollars, it means every franchise was going to have to make some hard decisions.
For the Pittsburgh Steelers, they had to make decisions on how they handled their own free agents and that would include Unrestricted Free Agents (UFAs), Restricted Free Agents (RFAs) and Exclusive Rights Free Agents (URFAs).
With RFA and UFAs, the tenders which usually accompany these players can be pricey for a team trying to not just get cap compliant, but to free up space to make more moves. This was the reason the Steelers gave both Marcus Allen (RFA) and Ray-Ray McCloud (RFA) new one-year contracts instead of extending them a tender.
Although linebacker Robert Spillane was offered a free agent tender, one which he signed, the Steelers decided not to extend a tender to reserve linebacker Ola Adeniyi. This move meant Adeniyi was able to test the free agent waters and find a new home.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Adeniyi is following teammate Bud Dupree to the Tennessee Titans on a one-year contract.
Former #Steelers OLB/special teams ace Ole Adeniyi is signing with the #Titans on a 1-year deal, per @ErikBurkhardt.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 22, 2021
Adeniyi is just the latest, and certainly not the last, player to leave the Steelers via free agency, and it will be important to keep tab on all the players coming and going as the Steelers progress through the offseason and prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft.
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