The timing of the Pittsburgh Steelers releasing David DeCastro wasn’t ideal. In fact, it was downright awful. With DeCastro reportedly dealing with an ankle issue, the Steelers decided to cut ties with the All Pro guard Thursday afternoon.
Whatever the timing, or the reason, the Steelers now have a gaping hole on their offensive line. Some are suggesting Kevin Dotson sliding to right guard, his position in college, but that still leaves a vacancy on the line.
Could the team put either Kendrick Green or B.J. Finney at guard, whoever doesn’t win the center job?
Absolutely, but it won’t be ideal.
Could the team put Rashaad Coward at one of the guard positions? He did start several games there for the Chicago Bears in 2020.
They could, but are these the Steelers’ best options?
No, they aren’t the best options, but they are options nonetheless. What everyone wants to consider is who is still available on the open market at the position. Let’s take a look at the available free agent guards who haven’t signed with a team if they want to bring in competition for newly acquired Trai Turner.
Nick Easton — Saints
James Carpenter — Falcons
J.R. Sweezy — Cardinals
Mike Iupati — Seahawks
Joe Dahl — Lions
Kelechi Osemele — Chiefs
Rashod Hill — Vikings
Chance Warmack — Seahawks
Ryan Groy — Chargers
Marcus Martin — Patriots
Danny Isidora — Steelers
Malcolm Pridgeon — Browns
Marquel Harrell — Raiders
Ross Reynolds — Patriots
Will the Steelers sign any of these listed players? They’ve already met with the top player on the list, Trai Turner, last Friday which ignited the rumors of DeCastro leaving Pittsburgh one way or another.
If a move is made, expect it to happen quickly, so be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the 2021 regular season.