6 potential cap casualties the Steelers must sign in 2022
By Andrew Falce
Steelers should target Bradberry
The best name on this list and easily the cap casualty everyone should be circling, James Bradberry was a Pro-Bowler just a season ago and followed that up with a strong 2021 season. He is a ball-hawk in coverage and can effectively shut down a team’s top receivers. He isn’t a potential cut due to his play or age (he will be 29 next season). This is all about the financials for the Giants.
Let’s take a second to appreciate the job the Giants have done at managing the cap. Despite being one of the worst teams in football over the past few seasons, they also have one of the worst cap situations as they are about 20 million dollars over the cap right now. Most of that could be alleviated by cutting Bradberry. Cutting one of your star players is never a great move, but the Giants don’t have a choice right now.
Bradberry would be an instant upgrade over the current cornerbacks on this roster and would be slotted in as the starter along the outside. He likely wouldn’t be that cheap, but the Steelers can afford him. Adding him would be reminiscent of adding Joe Haden a few years back. The team gets a talented veteran who hasn’t experienced a lot of success due to the team around him. The signing makes a lot of sense; thus, he is a name to watch this offseason.
The Steelers will certainly be looking for some new starters this season in free agency. Adding a cap casualty makes sense, as their deals are typically lower, and they don’t count in the compensatory formula for the following seasons. If any of these six players are cut, the Steelers need to be aggressive in trying to sign them.