4 moves to help Steelers keep a winning roster around QB Ben Roethlisberger

Joe Haden #23 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Benjamin Solomon/Getty Images)
Joe Haden #23 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Benjamin Solomon/Getty Images) /
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Ben Roethlisberger #7 and Joe Haden #23 of the Pittsburgh Steelers . (Photo by Benjamin Solomon/Getty Images) /

Cut Joe Haden

This potential move is like ripping off a Band-Aid; it’s going to hurt at first, but its use has worn out and it is no longer essential. Joe Haden has been a staple to Pittsburgh’s defense since joining the team back in 2017, and he has led all Steelers players in interceptions (10) and pass defenses (48) over the past four years. Despite his contributions, the team would be wise to part ways with him this offseason.

While Haden proved to be an excellent free-agent signing, there is no possible way that Pittsburgh can justify his $15.5 million cap number in 2021- second to only Ben Roethlisberger on the team. Haden was another victim of the Steelers backloading contracts and it is finally catching up to them.

Though an extension would generally be an option for a starting NFL cornerback, the arrow is currently pointed down for Haden, and at nearly 32 years old, the Steelers would be foolish to make a move like this. The best thing the Steelers can do for the team is to cut the expensive cornerback and instantly save $7 million in cap space. This will help them retain one of their other younger corners about to hit the market.