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

JuJu Smith-Schuster #19 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Chase Young (99) rushes at the line of scrimmage against Pittsburgh Steelers offensive guard Matt Feiler (71). Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Matt Feiler

Matt Feiler has been an unquestioned success story for the Steelers since joining the Steelers in 2016. He worked his way up from a practice squad type player to swing tackle, to starting tackle, and finally starting guard this past season. Unfortunately, his 2020 wasn’t as strong, as his move to guard didn’t go as well as many thought it would. In fact, most fans were clamoring for Kevin Dotson to remain the starter going into the playoffs due to his superior blocking.

While his struggles at guard weren’t ideal, he still has solid tape as a right tackle. When a team gives him a shot, it will likely be tackle as the only option at this point. That said, good offensive lineman are a scarcity in the NFL, so it would be surprising if he doesn’t get signed to a moderate sized contract. With the Steelers having likely two tackle capable starters (assuming Zach Banner returns) on the roster, Feiler will likely head for a better opportunity.

If his market was closer to the minimum, he would be a likely resigning candidate. Considering B.J. Finney got four million last year though, it seems likely that Feiler gets at least that if not more on the market. He deserves the chance to start, and it seems like he won’t have that opportunity with the Steelers. There are options elsewhere for the team, and Feiler will likely be too expensive.