Javon Hargrave would have been a great piece to keep around with Tuitt's retirement
Back when the Steelers selected Javon Hargrave in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Steelers had a talented duo across the defensive line. Cam Heyward and Stephon Tuitt were in their prime and were one of the best defensive tackle duos in the NFL. Hargrave came into the league in a smaller role and quickly grew into more snaps with each passing year in Pittsburgh.
It is always difficult to project a future for any football player, especially when it comes to a guy that played a role on your team. Kevin Colbert and the Steelers had to decide to either move Tuitt in some fashion, who was already locked into an affordable extension or let Hargrave walk in free agency once the 2019 season came to a close.
Pittsburgh ultimately decided as a club to roll with Tuitt as Hargrave seemed to be on a path to gain a hefty pay raise on his next contract. He would sign a lucrative contract to jump to the other side of the state by joining the Philadelphia Eagles. He was paired with Fletcher Cox and started off his career as an Eagle a little slow.
After his first year seemed to be a little disappointing, Hargrave was able to make that contract worthwhile for the Eagles. He continues to be one of the underdogs when it comes to being a dominant defensive tackle in the NFL and getting little notoriety. He will never be the top guy on his team, but he is having a great career.