3 surprise cuts the Steelers may make to up free cap space

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Eric Ebron

Eric Ebron had a good, not great, year with the Steelers. He was a valuable contributor in the red zone and made a few big plays, but his issue with drops and blocking were equally prevalent. While the team just recently lost Vance McDonald to retirement, it is still possible they move on from Ebron as well. The team could save 6 million dollars by parting ways with him, and that money could in theory be better spent elsewhere.

Now, the Steelers would want some sort of fallback option if they did cut Ebron. More than likely, that means a cheaper alternative (Jesse James anyone) or even a trade for a starter like Zach Ertz would have to be in place. Then, Ebron’s contract could be done away with to save the team some cap space.

Again, Ebron was far from a disaster this past year with the team, but his play doesn’t warrant the money he is set to earn. If the team can figure out a better solution at the position instead of him, they should take it. Ebron is a fine player, but his salary could be spent better retaining some of the stars that are set to be free agents.

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The Steelers are set to be in a tough spot financially this offseason. With the salary cap likely set to decrease, the team will make some difficult decisions with the players on their roster. Hard moves like these will have to be made, but at least it would clear up 16 million in cap space. Don’t be surprised if at least one of these players are looking for a new job once this offseason truly gets underway.