There are over a dozen Steelers free agents about to hit the market come March 17th. We have been warning people since last September that this would be a very ugly off-season in terms of free agency. The Steelers are currently just $6 million under the cap, with many positions that need filling. Steelers 2021 salary cap is a disaster
With that in mind, here is our predictions as to where each of the Steelers free agents might land:
Bud Dupree: Tennessee Titans
The Titans have almost $18 million in cap space, and a dire need for pass rushers. Tennessee had the third fewest sacks in 2020 with only 19.https://www.lineups.com/nfl-team-sacks-per-game Add to that they are a 3/4 defense like the Steelers, and this fit is perfect.
Ju Ju Smith-Schuster: New York Jets
We looked hard at the west coasts teams with Ju Ju being a California kid. No good matches there. Our best guess right now is Ju Ju Smith-Schuster ending up in New York with his college teammate from USC Sam Darnold. Don’t underestimate how much being in New York will help with Ju Ju’s “brand”.
James Conner: Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks have limited cap space, and plenty of needs. They can fill one of those needs on the cheap with a deal in the $3-$5 million range with James Conner. If he ever able to stay healthy, this would end up being quite the bargain for Seattle.
Mike Hilton: Jacksonville Jaguars
This another team with significant cap space burning a hole in their pocket. The Jags need help all over the defense. Adding a premier slot corner is a step in the right direction.
Cam Sutton: Pittsburgh Steelers
Finally we get one back for the Pittsburgh. Cam Sutton had a really good season in 2020, but not enough to really get him paid just yet. He probably signs a two or three year deal in hopes of nailing down a starting job in Pittsburgh. After that he can hit the market again, but this time with the intention of getting a big payday.
Alejandro Villanueva: Kansas City Chiefs
Alejandro Villanueva is still a very good pass blocker, but his run blocking leaves something to be desired. That’s a perfect skill set for the pass happy Kansas City Chiefs. It doesn’t hurt that the Chiefs just cut both their starting tackles.
Tyson Alualu: Pittsburgh Steelers
Tyson Alualu was the perfect compliment to the Steelers defensive line. With the team’s limited cap space, this is one player they will prioritize.
Zach Banner: Pittsburgh Steelers
Zach Banner was quoted as saying head coach Mike Tomlin told him he would be the team’s starting left tackle in 2021. Well, the team doesn’t have much choice at this point. The lack of cap space, and no other viable candidates on the roster make Banner the odds on favorite at that position.
Chris Wormley: Pittsburgh Steelers
Are you sensing the theme yet? Wormley will be cheap, and he is familiar with the system. Done and done.
Avery Williamson: Pittsburgh Steelers
If things go as we think they might, Vince Williams will be a cap casualty any day now. The Steelers will need a veteran backup at a minimum salary. Avery Williamson fits that need nicely.
Matt Feiler: Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals need help up and down their offensive line. That unit nearly got Joe Burrow killed last season. Cincinnati could use Feiler at guard or tackle depending on what they do in the draft.