Ranking the Steelers options to replace Ramon Foster

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 01: Kicker Chris Boswell
BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 01: Kicker Chris Boswell /
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Ramon Foster’s illustrious career may be coming to a close with the Steelers, meaning the team must find a new starter along the interior of the line.

For those of you that can think back to the days of playing NFL Head Coach 09. While the game was a dream come true for those that loved to sim through Madden seasons just to complete the offseason, that small crowd failed to turn the game into a huge success, causing it to be forgotten about by EA Sports. While the game itself is well in need of a reboot (a topic that should be reserved for an entirely different post), an aspect of the game has become a source of inspiration for the Steelers offseason.

During the offseason, the owner of your chosen team will list all of the team needs (QB1, RB2, etc.) as well as players they would like you to fill those spots with (free agents, draft prospects, and players on the team). While I usually was defiant, leading to the owner being constantly upset with me (what can I say, I knew more than him) I wanted to take this list idea and run with it.

Now, for each Steelers position of need, I want to run a list of potential fill-ins similar to how this game was constructed. So, position by position I want to break down the need and the best fit players who can fill them. This list will be realistic options only (an OG like Joe Thuney won’t be listed as he will be too expensive).

After looking over both NT1 and TE2, the offensive line now becomes the focus. The Steelers are set to lose both long-time starter Ramon Foster as a potential cap casualty and do-it-all backup B.J. Finney as a UDFA. All is not lost though, as the Steelers have a myriad of options to come in and start on the inside next year.