5 offseason moves the Steelers should make in 2020
Let Javon Hargrave test the market
As much as I would hate for this to happen, I don’t see a way around Javon Hargrave leaving. The Steelers have a ton of money invested into their defensive line already with Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt, and the latter will be healthy next season.
Hargrave has played an average of just 45 percent of the Steelers defensive snaps over his first three seasons. Even with Tuitt out this year, Hargrave has seen that number rise to just 61 percent. The big defensive tackle is a solid football player, but chances are another organization will be willing to pay him more than Pittsburgh will.
Let Mike Hilton walk
The Steelers made an incredible pickup in 2017 when they signed slot cornerback, Mike Hilton, and they are fortunate to have been able to keep him on a dirt-cheap contract over the past three seasons. However, it’s very unlikely Hilton will return in 2020.
Pittsburgh has made big-time investments at the cornerback position with players like Joe Haden, Steven Nelson, and rookie Justin Layne. They can ill-afford to throw more money at the position and leave holes elsewhere on the roster. Besides, Cameron Sutton has proven himself worthy of the starting nickel cornerback job in 2020.
There’s no question the Steelers are in a predicament next season. They have some very tough decisions to make that could shape the future of the franchise. Let’s hope they ultimately do what’s best for this football team.