4 Steelers that will be grossly overpaid in 2021 if not cut
By Andrew Falce
Here are the four Steelers set to be grossly overpaid if they are on the roster in 2021
While the Steelers season ended in bitter disappointment, the NFL has no breaks and the team has to be focusing on the future. This was made clear with the recent coaching changes made by the team. As well, the team needs to be thinking about who they are going to roster in 2021.
Given the cap constraints of this team, some tough choices will have to be made. Here are the players that will be overpaid if they are on the roster in 2021.
While it seemed like a decent move last year, the Steelers are the clear losers of the Derek Watt signing. He is the second-highest-paid fullback in the league, but he did next to nothing for the Steelers this year. The run game continued to struggle, and he in no way aided the team in that respect. The measly 52 snaps he played on offense shows that the team didn’t see value in having him out there as a lead blocker.
While he was on the field regularly for special teams, it isn’t enough to warrant his contract right now. He is set to earn 2.75 million dollars if he is on the roster while counting for just under 4 million dollars on the cap (cap hit and what they are earning are different). While shedding 2.75 million doesn’t sound like a lot, everything helps in a tough year like this. More to the point, he has in no way justified getting that money as his play wasn’t good. A fair contract for Watt this next season should be the minimum, not nearly 3 million dollars.