3. Draft or sign an upgrade to anchor the middle of the OL
Mason Cole is still scheduled to be under contract for the upcoming 2024 season. The issue is that he has not been a quality starting center since joining the Steelers. He played through an injury during last year, so many gave him the benefit of the doubt. Sadly, for all involved, he has not lived up to expectations during the campaign.
Much like other guys considered to be potential cap casualties, Cole has not played up to his contract and there will probably be cheaper options available that could play at his current pace. Either that or Pittsburgh might be able to find a cheaper upgrade. Looking at the draft or free agency could be the place to find the starting center for this club.
Not a ton of names that will blow people away this upcoming offseason, but there are some that might fly under the radar and could be bargain signings. Someone like Lloyd Cushenberry is having a solid season with the Broncos and could be a nice addition. Some other names that could make sense are Tyler Biadasz, Connor McGovern, or Andre James.
Taking a center in the draft might be one of the best options as it might be the cheapest and most effective way to go. Then that draft pick could battle with someone like Nate Herbig for the starting spot at center. Someone like Sedrick Van Pran makes a lot of sense in the early round of the upcoming NFL draft for the Steelers.