4 positions the Steelers have to upgrade in the new year

Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden (23). Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports /

The Steelers will be a team in need of a rebuild in 2022, so here are four positions the team has to upgrade in the new year.

The Steelers have had an up and down season in 2021, and the turnover of the roster should be expected to continue into 2022. Free agents and retirements will dominant the headlines next offseason as the team will try and build a contending team for the future. It won’t be a clear path by any means, but the team will have to find ways to improve some of their positions.

Here are four positions the Steelers will have to improve upon in 2022.

Steelers must improve at Cornerback

The Steelers lost two of their starting cornerbacks in the past offseason and it appears as though Joe Haden may be set to leave as well. This means that within two seasons the team will likely have three new starting corners. This isn’t all bad though, as the team could use a talent upgrade at corner based on the play this season.

Huge improvements aren’t needed, as the team has Cameron Sutton under contract for one more season. James Pierre has some developmental upside while Ahkello Witherspoon may play his way into another deal with the team. That said, one more top option at corner would be welcomed for a team that has had some secondary regression.

Free agency makes the most sense for the team, as their track record with drafting cornerbacks has been less than stellar. Paying for a top option is never cheap though, and while the Steelers will have some more cap space than usual, allotting that to a corner would be a tough task. An early-round draft pick could compete for a role as well. No matter what, the team has to be looking to upgrade at corner in 2022.