Steelers who could be playing their last season with the team
There are plenty of Steelers on the current roster that will likely be on another NFL franchise after this season wraps up.
Many things could change between now and the start of the offseason process for Pittsburgh. Many players are on expiring deals heading into the upcoming round of free agency, but some of those players could be re-signed. There are other possibilities of other players being released either for creative differences or a cap casualty.
Right now, the Steelers are facing an uncertain future with their backs against the wall via their losing record. Things look dark for this team, which has not been a common trend since Mike Tomlin took over. A new era is here, and it seems like many changes could be happening from here on out to try and improve this club.
Cam Sutton could play his way out of a comfortable price range
One of the biggest free agents for the Steelers in 2023 will be Cam Sutton. He has been one of their most consistent cornerbacks during this time of turmoil over the last couple of seasons. He can play both inside and outside for a defense and that is going to give him a nice pay raise when free agency opens. Pittsburgh should make Sutton a priority to bring back, especially with the lack of quality at the position currently.
Terrell Edmunds might be too expensive for the Steelers to afford
Both Sutton and Terrell Edmunds might be tied for the biggest free agents that the Steelers have hitting the market currently. Edmunds might be more important as he has become a great tandem with Minkah Fitzpatrick in the safety position.
Many might get on his play, but he truly has been a bright spot for this defense over the past two seasons and the black and gold are lucky no one else across the league noticed in last year’s free agency cycle. The Steelers need to figure out a way to re-sign Edmunds to a long-term deal, but he might want a bigger contract elsewhere.
Tyson Alualu/Chris Wormley could cripple the depth up front
Double trouble could be hitting the black and gold’s defensive line come next year. They could potentially be losing both Tyson Alualu and Chris Wormley and that is going to leave a giant dip in regard to the depth behind the starters. Include these two plus Larry Ogunjobi potentially leaving in free agency, and the trenches along the defense could be in huge trouble. This position could be a focus for the Steelers this offseason if these three depart the club.
Mitch Trubisky could demand an opportunity elsewhere
Kenny Pickett is the starter going forward for Pittsburgh and that is not going to change for the time being. Mitch Trubisky signed with the Steelers last offseason to get another shot at a starting job and he was only able to hang onto that position for a handful of games. That demotion might lead to both him and the club looking at all their options to go in another direction. Trubisky could always ask for his release, which would leave the black and gold searching for two quarterbacks after this year with Mason Rudolph also departing.
Devin Bush would benefit everyone if he left the Steelers
Here is the obvious choice since last season finished. Devin Bush has been a draft bust since he suffered a knee injury, which seemed to affect his career trajectory in the worst way. He has been playing better lately, but he still is not at the tier where a former top ten selection should be playing at. Expect the Steelers and Bush to go their separate ways with hopes that both sides will benefit from the divorce.
The Steelers have a lot of players heading into this upcoming offseason that are on expiring contracts. These are the top players that will likely be gone or could find their way off the club when this season concludes.