Steelers may cut Patrick Peterson
Steelers fans seemed excited when the team announced they had signed Patrick Peterson. While letting Cam Sutton walk was tough, the general sentiment was that Peterson could easily replace the versatile cornerback. I was skeptical of the move considering Peterson’s age and lack of versatility in his career.
Frankly, Peterson has been worse than even I expected. He has missed a few coverages and has tackled poorly. While not completely gone, his athleticism is certainly diminishing. His tandem with the aforementioned Wallace makes up one of the worst starting duos in the league right now at cornerback.
While he does have another year on his current deal, I find it unlikely that the team will keep him around given his high cap hit and poor play (which will likely continue to decline). Instead, the team will likely be revamping this room once again, as the savvy veteran many hoped Peterson would be hasn’t materialized.
While he has been a better player than Wallace, neither has looked good in their starting roles. The Steelers would be wise to cut bait, save some cap space, and get younger at the position. That could start this season as well, as the team should continue to expand the role of Porter at the cost of the veterans in front of him.
While there is still a lot of football left to be played, these five players have struggled so far this season. I wouldn’t expect any of them to be a part of this roster in 2024, as they will either be let go or cut in the offseason as this roster attempts to improve.