3 potential cap casualties the Steelers could swoop up if released

Nate Solder #76 of the New York Giants. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
Nate Solder #76 of the New York Giants. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) /
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New York Jets tackle George Fant (76). /

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George Fant is entering the second season of a three-year, $30 million contract that he signed with the New York Jets prior to last season. However, he could find himself on the chopping block this summer, with the team already having Mekhi Becton at left tackle, and bringing in Morgan Moses as a free agent to play right tackle just a few weeks ago.

At a salary of $10 million, Fant could be seen as expendable, particularly after the team spent a first-round selection on Alijah Vera-Tucker, and bringing in Dan Feeney in Free Agency to help bolster the interior offensive line.

If Fant does hit Free Agency, he would serve as a nice player for the Steelers to target as he could slot in at left tackle ahead of Okorafor and Moore Jr. for this year to help bolster the offensive line. At the very least he would serve as competition for the two young tackles, who has experience playing as a sixth offensive lineman in short-yardage situations, and at best he could slot in as a starter that strengthens the team’s rushing and passing offense.

With the Steelers passing on Morgan Moses, it looks as if they are more likely to sign a player to play left tackle than right tackle, and Fant would fit that bill. Like Solder, as a potential cap casualty, Fant would likely come cheap, on a one-year deal, at a price close to the league minimum.