The Steelers have eighteen players whose contracts will expire at the start of the new league year on Wednesday, March 9th.
To finish up the offensive free agents we’re going to take a look at the running backs/full backs and wide receivers that will be potentially up for free agency next month. These are positions that the Steelers have unquestionably the most talent at but we can also unfortunately see the need for dependable depth.
With the injuries and/or suspensions to players like Le’Veon Bell, DeAngelo Williams, Martavis Bryant and Antonio Brown at one point or another this past season and post season the roles of the backups became increasingly important.
That isn’t to say that the Steelers need to invest a whole lot of time and money into third and fourth-string players. Just because we had to go that far down the depth chart last season because of one situation or another doesn’t mean you over-prepare for the future.
Hopefully we won’t have another season where both Bell and Bryant start off suspended and here’s definitely hoping that we won’t have to face another playoff game in the future putting the ball in the third-string running back’s hands because of injuries. Those instances just don’t occur every season.
With that being said, there are some definite players who have proven their worth to the team and those who have proven to be expendable and replaceable. We’ll take a look at and predict whether the Steelers will keep Will Johnson, Jordan Todman and Darrius Heyward-Bey or let them walk.
Next: Will Johnson