5 pending free agents Steelers shouldn’t bother re-signing

JuJu Smith-Schuster #19 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
JuJu Smith-Schuster #19 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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The Steelers have a plethora of free agents who could hit the market this offseason, but here are the five players they shouldn’t re-sign.

The Steelers are in rough shape heading into this offseason. No matter where the cap realistically falls, they should be well over it and have a huge list of pending free agents. Of that list, ten of the players were key starters or rotational starters for a large chunk of the season. While the team would love to have any of these players back, there are a few names the team doesn’t need to resign.

No matter if it’s due to their cost, the value they bring, or a replacement already being on the roster, here are five free agents the Steelers don’t need to resign.

Avery Williamson

The Steelers made a savvy midseason trade when they acquired Avery Williamson from the Jets for a swap of day three picks in 2022. While it took him a few weeks to see the field, he ended up being a key starter once injuries and illness struck the position. While he wasn’t perfect as a player, he was certainly worth the late-round swap of picks. That said, the team will likely let him hit free agency.

With a player like Vince Williams still around, assuming he isn’t cut, Williamson would be hard to bring back unless he played for the minimum. Even if he did, he offers little on special teams. Luckily, he is still good enough as a two-down backer to potentially warrant a moderate-sized contract. He could earn enough to be valid for a comp pick next year. Even if not, the amount he played made him well worth the trade. Unfortunately, he will be hard-pressed to land with the team next year.