The Steelers have some tough financial decisions to make during the offseason. Here are five moves Pittsburgh should make in 2020.
With an unfortunate string of injuries this season, headlined by the absence of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, many fans are pointing to next year as a legitimate contending season for the Steelers. However, with the way things are looking financially, there’s no guarantee several key players will even be in Pittsburgh next year.
According to Over the Cap, the Steelers have the 4th least amount of projected cap space heading into the 2020 offseason. With just over $6.1 million to go around, Pittsburgh’s options are very limited.
While there are ways to free up cap space, attaining all of their talent will be next to impossible next season. Here are a few things Pittsburgh should do to be competitive again in 2020:
Cut Mark Barron
This is the most obvious cap-saving move the Steelers could execute this offseason. While Barron has played much better in recent weeks, the 30-year old linebacker is due over $8.1 million next season. Though the Steelers would be forced to eat $2.87 million in dead money, the $5.25 million they save can be thrown back into an extension for Bud Dupree.
There are other routes Pittsburgh could explore to save cap space, but Barron’s unreasonably high cap number makes him an obvious choice for being cut this offseason.