6 potential contract extensions Steelers should not give

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden (23). Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden (23). Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Eric Ebron (85). Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Eric Ebron

This is a player who I’ve always believed had a reputation that was a little overinflated. While Eric Ebron had a very good year with the Indianapolis Colts in 2018, he’s never really lived up to his draft status as the 10th overall pick back in 2014.

As a receiver, Ebron is solid with his ability to stretch the field down the seam and run after the catch. However, he’s still not overly reliable, as evidenced by his 21 drops over the last 3 seasons. In addition, Ebron offers next to nothing as a blocker. As a result, he graded out as just the 61st ranked tight end out of 71 eligible players this year, according to PFF.

Costing the Steelers $8.5 million against the cap this year, Ebron is set to have the 8th-highest cap hit on the team in 2021, and Pittsburgh could look to lower that number with an extension. However, considering that Ebron would have been a candidate to get cut this offseason if the Steelers weren’t soo weak at the position, there’s no doubt the team will be taking on more dead money when he is cut after this season. Unlike some of the other players on this list, he is not good enough to warrant adding more dead money to this team down the road. Let him play the last year of his deal or cut him and sign another free agent this offseason.