3 Bold Predictions for the Steelers Offseason
With +5500 odds to win next year's Super Bowl, the Steelers need to make major moves this offseason to maximize their window with Kenny Pickett's rookie contract. There's a lot of roster decisions to make in the coming months and I think we're in for a few major moves.
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Speaking of feeling bold, here's what I think the Steelers will do this offseason:
3 Bold Predictions for Steelers Offseason
With four picks in the first three rounds, including two in the top 33 selections thanks to the Chase Claypool trade, Pittsburgh has a lot of ammo to reshape the roster. The Steelers have limited cap space, so they'll need to add impact players through the draft or restructure some contracts to free up more room.
Nonetheless, there are several ways Pittsburgh can improve the roster. I expect the front office to get creative in order to surround Pickett with as much talent as possible.
The Steelers Will Draft a Wide Receiver in the First Two Rounds
Pittsburgh needs to find out quickly if Pickett is truly the quarterback of the future. The best way to set him up for success is to surround him with weapons and Pittsburgh has three draft picks in the first two rounds.
With Diontae Johnson nearing the end of his contract, I expect the Steelers to use one of those first three picks on his potential replacement. George Pickens looks like a star, but Pittsburgh lacks a game-changer behind its first two wideouts.
Between Quentin Johnston, Zay Flowers and others, there are a ton of talented receivers in this draft class. In order for the Steelers to maximize their chances to win with Pickett, they need to take a wideout near the top of the draft.
Pittsburgh Will Pursue T.J. Edwards
The Steelers have a hole at inside linebacker, and the Eagles' leading tackler from last season would be a tremendous boost to the defense. Philadelphia voided Edwards' contract and that opens the door for him to leave the organization.
This would require the Steelers to free up some cap space, but a player of Edwards' ability is worth the trouble.
Pairing Edwards with T.J. Watt and Minkah Fitzpatrick would give the Steelers' defense a star at every level. If Pittsburgh fails to lure Edwards, I still expect them to go after a high-impact linebacker to round out the defense.
Pittsburgh Will Draft a Running Back
Najee Harris labored through injury last year and struggled significantly relative to his standout rookie campaign. As Pickett continues to grow, I expect Pittsburgh to lean on the running game.
Even if Harris regains his rookie form, the Steelers will need another running back to take a load off his shoulders and prevent injury.
Just one year ago, Harris looked like the future of the Steelers. Nonetheless, Pittsburgh needs to start preparing for his replacement in case last season is a sign of things to come.
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