Steelers could shockingly cut these four players during the summer

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Zach Gentry may have been replaced by the Steelers

As the founding member of the Zach Gentry fan club, this one is hard for me to write. While I, like everyone else, wrote Gentry off a few seasons ago, he recreated himself and became a valuable member of this organization. No, he isn’t a dynamic weapon, but he can serve as a fine backup tight end that can also throw a block if need be.

Despite being a free agent this offseason, Gentry resigned with the team on a one-year deal. Given the value of the deal, he isn’t locked to this offense, but the value he brings on a cheap deal is undeniable. Personally, I would have been fine with Gentry resuming his role as the top backup.

That won’t be the case, as the Steelers drafted Darnell Washington in the third round. While I do love Gentry, Washington is an undeniably better prospect. He is an elite blocker that uses his frame to take out defenders. He is underdeveloped as a receiver but has the traits to be an effective weapon on offense.

Now, Gentry could certainly slide into the role as a third tight end with ease. The issue then comes with Connor Heyward. He will likely serve as the fullback as well as being used as a tight end. If the team only wants to keep three bodies here, Gentry could be at risk.

While I do ultimately think that Gentry sticks around, he is far from a roster lock. If the team decides to go lighter here, Gentry could be the odd man out. Washington will be the number two given his ability as a blocker and upside. Gentry is a fine third option, but he may not be needed this season as it stands.