ubertaco wrote:On one hand the Steelers are still in a strong position with a solid roster on both sides of the ball.
Do they really?
*They're currently $20m over the salary cap
*They have A LOT
of cap space to work with in '22, so they can kick some of their current financial issues to the future
*But they have two OL starters under contract, both expire after '21 (32 yo DeCastro and 23 yo Okarafor), and the young one may not be an answer anyway
*Ebron's expensive, an affordable cap casualty should they desire, expiring after the season, and there's no one else to replace him
*WR is fine for now, but expect Washington to walk after '21 so they will be pressed with a re-sign Diontae or draft his replacement decision this time next year
*The RB's under contract are backups
*The defensive core is intact, but if their resources are devoted to the offense then the supporting cast will be gutted this time next year. Tuitt, Heyward, Watt, Bush, Minkah, and probably Edmunds is a great core. But Alex Highsmith may be the only other playable option on the rooster. Typically this is when you'd see this team attack the CB market, but they can't do that and fix the offense
Don't get me wrong - I'm all for this team not embracing a one year reset. Their core is strong and they're well coached. While this team is probably not a contender they can still cause problems every week. The '22 and '23 versions of this team are just less likely to be as strong since they'll have less resources at their disposal and holes littered throughout the rooster.