Steelers mock offseason: Building Pittsburgh's roster from the ground up in 2024

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8)
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Free agency is about to begin, and I wanted to provide my entire mock offseason for the Steelers. For this simulation, I will be putting myself in charge of this team. No offense to Omar Khan, but I want to take the reigns and get this team back on track.

To do this simulation, I will be using two tools. The first is Fanspeak's “Manage the Cap” simulator for in-house and free-agency moves. For the draft, we will be using PFF’s mock draft simulator. Without any further ado, let's rebuild this team in my own image through this Steelers mock offseason.

Steelers assessment

This team has been consistently mediocre for the past few seasons. I get it, there has been a significant transition from Ben Roethlisberger to this current roster, but the Steelers have been consistently lacking in every recent season. The playoff wins are nonexistent and it feels like this team is just trying to have a winning season every year as opposed to actually competing.

That is no longer acceptable, and in order to get this team on the right track, we are going to embrace the mediocre talent and build for the future. That means trimming the fat off of this roster.

In terms of quarterback, I don’t plan on making any aggressive moves at the position. I just don’t see a feasible way to get a guy who can turn this team into a Super Bowl contender on the roster this year without sacrificing elsewhere. I am seeking a mid-range veteran to compete, but I’m fine sinking or swimming (but most likely sinking) with Pickett and getting a quarterback next year.

I want to continue the investment in the trenches. Ideally, my goal is to have the line rebuilt after this season, and I want to begin the rebuild of the defensive line. While the Steelers will likely fall flat with Pickett at the helm, I want my future 2025 rookie quarterback to have a sturdy line and weapons in place. With that in mind, here are my in-house cuts for the Steelers.