5 Steelers players and coaches who won't return in 2024

Next year will truly be different.

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4. Levi Wallace, Cornerback

One of the worst players on this Steelers roster, in 2023, has been cornerback Levi Wallace. It took several weeks for Mike Tomlin to finally allow the rookie, Joey Porter Jr., to take over Wallace's job. Over the last few weeks, Wallace has continued to play in a limited fashion, averaging about 11-12 snaps a game in his last four.

Though he has played a bit better in his limited role, since being benched, Wallace is still a liability. This is actually a position the Steelers need to look at overhauling completely. Patrick Peterson is up there in age, and the future should be built around Porter.

On the season, Wallace is allowing a 57 percent completion rate to opposing quarterbacks in addition to a rating of 104.1. He has allowed a total of six touchdowns and has only been credited with four stops all season, so he is far from a trustworthy run-stopper.

The Steelers need to go into next season with Porter and another brand-new starter, either via the draft or free agency, in addition to finding other options for their depth at the position.

5. Allen Robinson, Wide Receiver

Wide receiver Allen Robinson is still under contract through the 2024 season, technically, but the Steelers can easily get out of it during the offseason. His cap number for the 2024 season is over $11 million, but if Pittsburgh chose to release him, they would save $10 million.

The wide receiver room is a wildly-inconsistent one. Diontae Johnson is a great route runner on one hand, but he isn't a big play threat. That's where George Pickens comes in, although Pickens can be a loose cannon at times.

Robinson's history shows that he could have come in and been the constant veteran this room needs, but he hasn't been. Over the latter part of his career, he's become a lazy route runner and shows little effort in blocking. His career seems to be done with.

The Steelers need to find themselves another consistent presence to come in and be that ideal slot wide receiver which Kenny Pickett (or whomever the starting quarterback is) can count on. Calvin Austin has shown to be lightning in a bottle at times, but his size can make it tough for him to be an every-down threat in the slot.

If the Steelers let go of Robinson, found a capable slot wideout and featured Austin more in an offensive weapon type of role, this room could be a whole lot better.