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Recapping the Steelers 2021 offseason

From cuts to signings here’s a complete list of Steelers offseason moves

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The meat of the 2021 NFL offseason is well over, sure some roster tweaking can be expected however the majority of training camp rosters are already locked in. The Pittsburgh Steelers have made a number of moves since the end of the 2020 season. In what was supposed to be a massacre of the Steelers’ roster due to a lowered salary cap, the team managed to get through the offseason in fairly good shape.

Below is a recap of all the moves the Pittsburgh Steelers made to date.

Retirements

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Maurkice Pouncey
Vance McDonald

The offseason kicked off with the retirements of two of Ben Roethlisberger’s best friends. Both McDonald and Pouncey hung up their cleats for good. In Pouncey’s case he may one day be enshrined in Canton.


Signings

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Miles Killebrew, S/LB, 1 year, $1,127,500
Joe Haeg, OT, 2 year, $4,600,000
BJ Finney, C, 1 year, $1,127,500
Rashaad Coward, G, 1 year, $990,000
Kalen Ballage, RB, 1 year, $920,000
Arthur Maulet, CB, 1 year, $990,000
Abdullah Anderson, DE, 1 year, $780,000
Dwayne Haskins, QB, 1 year, $850,000

This was a very quiet offseason for player acquisitions. This was to be expected with a nearly $20 million drop in salary cap. We will never truly know what else the Steelers would have been able to do had the cap never dropped.


Re-signings

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JuJu Smith-Schuster
Tyson Alualu
Ray Ray McCloud
Robert Spillane
Vince Williams
Zach Banner
Cam Sutton
Chris Wormley
J.C. Hassenauer
Jordan Berry
Josh Dobbs
Mason Rudolph

The biggest move came when Smith-Schuster decided to remain in Pittsburgh on a one year deal. But, the biggest surprise came when Tyson Alualu came to terms with the Jacksonville Jaguars before changing his mind and re-signing with the Steelers. The expected moves were made, and nothing outside of Alualu came as a surprise.


Restructures

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Ben Roethlisberger
Cam Heyward
Eric Ebron
Derek Watt

Ben Roethlisberger started the offseason as the NFL’s highest paid player but would cut $5 million off his cap hit before adding four void years to further drop his cap hit. Ebron would also add void years while Derek Watt and Cam Heyward made simple restructures to their deals.


Lost Free Agents

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Matt Feiler
Bud Dupree
Mike Hilton
Ola Adeniyi
Sean Davis
James Conner
Alejandro Villanueva

The Steelers lost a load of talent this year, unsurprisingly might I add. Could the deals blow up in the signings teams faces? Sure. But the Steelers are a worse team because of these losses.


Cuts

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Steven Nelson
Charles Jones
Trevor Williams
John Battle
Vince Williams

The biggest surprise came when the Steelers cut their all-time most expensive free agent signing in Steven Nelson. In what was a pure money saving move Nelson still remains on the open market despite plenty of tweets where he tries to convince himself there is interest...

Vince Williams was also released however would take a minimum deal to ride off into the sunset with the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Draft Picks

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Najee Harris
Pat Freiermuth
Kendrick Green
Dan Moore Jr.
Buddy Johnson
Isaiahh Loudermilk
Quincy Roche
Tre Norwood
Pressley Harvin III

The Steelers attempted to fill all of their holes with the 2021 NFL Draft. But this was always going to be the only way they could replace their departing players. While some draft “experts” have been critical of the Steelers draft they improved their roster from a year ago.


UDFAs

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Shakur Brown
Rico Bussey
Isaiah McKoy
Roland Rivers III
Calvin Bundage
Jamar Watson
DeMarkus Acy
Lamont Wade
Mark Gilbert
Donovan Stiner

The name of the Steelers UDFA game was to sign as many defensive backs as possible. Five defensive backs in total many of which will have a shot at earning the Steelers slot corner job in training camp.


Free Agent Visits/Contract offers

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Ryan Kerrigan (Signed with Philadelphia)
Karl Joseph (Signed with Las Vegas)
Malik Hooker

Possibly the most frustrating part of the offseason was the Steelers inability to add any starting capable players. This wasn't for a lack of trying however, as they did bring in some legit names only for nothing to become official. The Steelers still have some money and holes on the roster so I'm sure they will still add another piece or two.


But what do you think? Were you expecting an offseason for the Steelers like the one we got? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.