Steelers have some important in-house moves
The Steelers have the opportunity, if they choose, to essentially keep the same starting five offensive linemen in 2023. That said, based on the very average play, there needs to be some shuffling. I’ve mentioned my two locks who should be starting in some form or fashion, but the remaining three should be fighting for their starting jobs.
My only cut in this room is Chukwuma Okorafor. While he has come a long way, his very average play isn’t worth keeping around at his current price tag. Keeping him around is a sizable cap hit and a statement that this team is accepting of average offensive line play next year.
While everyone seems to be down on Dan Moore, I think he did show some flashes in his second season. That said, I want Kenny Pickett’s blindside protected better, and Moore has been a liability there. He is kept on the roster given his rookie contract status, but he will have competition brought in. That said, I think he can play the right side better than the left, so a move could be in his future.
Kevin Dotson is in a similar boat as Moore, except he has less versatility and hasn’t shown as much growth as a professional. He is naturally kept, but the team can and should be bringing in some legitimate competition for him. That said, he can mad down the fort this offseason.
In terms of free agents, the only name that should be prioritized is J.C. Hassenauer. He is a restricted-free agent and is dependable as a backup. Trent Scott and Jessie Davis, the other free agents, can be offered minimum deals and be brought into camp, but anything more is an overpay.