3 reasons Steelers must commit to a rebuild in the 2022 offseason
By Tommy Jaggi
The Pittsburgh Steelers no longer appear to be a team that can compete for a Super Bowl. Here’s why they must commit to a rebuild in the 2022 offseason.
The Steelers jeopardized a good portion of the cap space they were set to have in 2022 by handing out voidable-year contracts for a chance to win now. Needless to say, that strategy didn’t pan out.
Despite their efforts, it looks like there’s a solid chance that Mike Tomlin is handed the first losing record of his head coaching career. What’s worse is that this team may not be in a position to compete for a championship any time soon.
Here are three reasons why the Steelers must commit to a rebuild in 2022:
Steelers don’t have a quarterback
Ben Roethlisberger will turn 40 years old during the offseason, and there is no incentive whatsoever to bring him back. In addition to his below-average performance, the 18-year veteran already has a $10.3 million cap hit next offseason despite not even being on the roster, via Over the Cap. I was completely opposed to giving the aging QB a voidable-year contract at the time, and it’s looking like a really bad decision right now.
The Steelers may elect to throw their hat in the ring for a chance to land a superstar like Aaron Rodgers or Russell Wilson, but the chances of making that happen seem very slim. Because of this, Pittsburgh may simply have to go with a low-level bridge quarterback or search for one in free agency.
Either way, it doesn’t look like the Steelers are going to be able to compete anytime soon due to a huge question mark at the quarterback position. There’s no sense in trying to sell any more of their future for a chance to win when we don’t even know who the quarterback will be.