How the Steelers re-signing Terrell Edmunds affects their draft strategy
Steelers re-sign Terrell Edmunds
Then shockingly, we all received word headed into the weekend that the Steelers, shrewdly as always, re-signed Terrell Edmunds. Pittsburgh had declined the 5th year option on Edmunds. They would have paid him $6.7 million if they had used the option. Now they will only pay him $2.5 million.
They fill a huge roster gap and get huge salary cap savings. Odder yet, which makes one wonder what will happen in 2022. Edmunds had other offers from the Dolphins and Bengals but chose to re-sign with Pittsburgh. The Bengals would have had to have offered a longer deal and more money, which means Edmunds wants to play another year to see if his play entices the Steelers to give him a longer-term contract before moving on.
Now by plugging up the hole safety, how does this impact the draft in less than a week. Considering the Steelers lost JuJu Smith-Schuster, Ray-Ray McCloud, and James Washington, they still have a big hole despite signing Gunner Olszewski and Miles Boykin.
Here is the issue though the Steelers have 12 players on their shortlist five quarterbacks, three safeties, a receiver, a linebacker, and a cornerback. So what is their play now that they no longer have a crucial draft need at the safety position?