5 Steelers free agents who are likely to return to the team in 2021
By Tommy Jaggi
I know fans would like to see JuJu Smith-Schuster or Bud Dupree return to Pittsburgh next season, but I just don’t think that is realistic – despite JuJu’s recent comments. However, I really do think the Steelers make a hard push to bring back Alejandro Villanueva as Ben’s blindside protector in 2021.
Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, Villanueva is projected to make $16.5 million per season on his next contract, according to Spotrac.com, and I just don’t know if they can offer him enough to stick around for another season. Instead, I think punter Jordan Berry is even more likely to return.
Though Berry was replaced for the first five games of the season in favor of Dustin Colquitt, Pittsburgh soon returned to their long-time punter for the final 11 games. Berry has been with the team for going on seven years now, and they just can’t seem to find a better option. Perhaps this is the year they do so, but the Steelers should be able to bring Berry back on a very cheap deal for the 2021 season.
I would like to see a few more high-profile names on this list, but of the notable unrestricted free agents this year for the Steelers, I think these five are the most likely to return. Let’s hope Pittsburgh makes the right choices this offseason.