The Pittsburgh Steelers find themselves in a situation many never thought this team would be in here in 2021. The team has a surplus of cash, and I’m not talking about ‘just enough’ money to rework T.J. Watt’s deal and have in season spending money. I’m talking about having enough money for all of that and adding an impact level player to this roster. After restructuring the deal of Stephon Tuitt the Steelers are able to afford an outside player to the tune of $6 million, but with a couple other simple deals could push that number to $11 million. But how should they spend all this money? Below are some of the players available via trade or are currently on the free agent market!
Acquiring cap hit: $7,735,294
Stephon Gilmore has wanted out of New England since the 2020 season. The veteran corner has requested a trade in the past but has yet to be dealt. He also wants a new contract but appears primed to play the year out in New England before hitting the open market. Prying Gilmore away from the Patriots won’t be easy but key be the final piece in a championship roster.
Acquiring cap hit: $1,542,554
A 2020 first round pick, Henderson has been a solid player for the Jaguars through his rookie year. The disgruntled star asked for a trade a few weeks back, and for the Steelers would be a very similar situation to the Minkah Fitzpatrick deal in Miami. He is on a minimal contract for the next four years and could develop in Pittsburgh across from Joe Haden. Perhaps the Steelers could pry another piece from Jacksonville that was a part of the old regime.
Acquiring cap hit: $1,000,000
Decker never asked for a trade, however the Lions invested a lot into Penei Sewell and Decker is keeping him from being a left tackle. Signed for four more years, the Lions will move on from Decker eventually and doing so now would be easiest for them as his cap hit is only one million in 2021. This would be a significant upgrade for the Steelers at left tackle, and would make the team better for years to come.
Schwartz is a dual threat tackle that can play on either side. He has a high football IQ and grew up in an NFL household. Having blocked for Patrick Mahomes, Schwartz knows what it’s like protecting a superstar, and what it’s like winning a championship. Perhaps that is what’s missing from the Steelers unit.
Okung once famously said the Steelers couldn’t afford his talents, well now the Steelers have some of the most cap space in the entire NFL. The former Pro Bowl left tackle would provide veteran ability for blocking Ben Roethlisberger’s blind side. More so, Okung would add some credibility to the Steelers line, and add a bit more snarl to a unit that is trying to be aggressive.