Many notable names get cut by the Steelers to open extra cap space
With cap space at a premium, the Steelers decide to make a massive wave of cuts to get some spending money for free agency. In this mock offseason, they decide to let go of six players currently on their roster. Five of these players held a starting role with the team last season at least one point in time. The other player who held a depth role is Nate Herbig. He would save four million in cap space, and he didn't do much to challenge a struggling Mason Cole for his starting spot.
Now with the Steelers under the cap, they decide to make some major moves to open even more cap space. The obvious choice was letting go of Allen Robinson II and that saves them ten million bucks to spend elsewhere. Chuks Okorafor is another big name as he could be traded, but in this simulation, he was cut. These two are obvious choices and it would be shocking if either one of them returned.
Mitch Trubisky showed that he cannot be a reliable backup quarterback going forward. The Steelers decided to cut bait with him after just re-signing him to a contract extension last year. That saves them nearly another three million to try and re-sign Mason Rudolph. That never materializes, but cutting Trubisky and resetting the quarterback room is a must this offseason.
A duo of starting safeties are let go too. Kind of a shocker here as both Damontae Kazee and Keanu Neal are cut to save some extra money. Neither makes a ton of money, but the hope is that their savings could bring in a legit starting option next to Minkah Fitzpatrick. Cutting both Kazee and Neal saves a little over five million in cap space. And just like that, the Steelers have a lot of money to work with in free agency.