Since getting eliminated from the playoffs, the biggest news from the Pittsburgh Steelers stemmed around Mike Tomlin's comments from his post-season press conference. Tomlin fielded numerous questions about his quarterback room, gave a glowing endorsement of Kenny Pickett, and talked about what he is searching for in his next offensive coordinator.
Pittsburgh has yet to make any significant moves involving their coaching staff or their roster very early in the offseason, but plenty of changes are on the horizon. The latest Steelers news involves a new honor for T.J. Watt and Miles Killebrew and the easiest roster cut prediction.
T.J. Watt and Miles Killebrew earn another honor
After both T.J. Watt and Miles Killebrew (special teams) were named First-Team All-Pro players this year by the Associated Press, another group of writers has followed suit. The Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) recently voted on their All-NFL Team from the 2023 season. Watt and Killebrew once again made the list.
After another season of eye-popping production, Steelers fans shouldn't be surprised to see T.J. Watt recognized for his accomplishments during the 2023 season. Killebrew's impact on special teams coverage units didn't go unnoticed either. They can now add the PFWA All-NFL Team to their list of accomplishments from the 2023 season.
ESPN predicts Steelers WR Allen Robinson II will be cut
In a not-so-bold prediction, the staff at ESPN predicts that the Pittsburgh Steelers will soon cut veteran wide receiver, Allen Robinson II. This move has not been made official yet, but as far as predictions go, this is about as easy as they come.
Robinson was very disappointing during his first season in Pittsburgh in 2023 and he made a minimal impact when he was on the field as the team's primary slot receiver this past season. The Steelers traded for Robinson just before the NFL Draft last April, but his unreasonably large cap number that he came with drew criticism from the media.
When the Steelers do make Allen Robinson's release official, Pittsburgh will instantly free up $10 million in salary cap space, according to Over the Cap. They will take a dead-money hit of just over $1.9 million for the 2024 season once he is cut. We would expect this move to be made official in the coming weeks.
Steelers grab talented OT in latest NFL mock draft
Bucky Brooks of NFL.com recently released his first NFL mock draft of 2024. With the 20th overall selection, Brooks had the Pittsburgh Steelers taking Georgia offensive tackle, Amarius Mims. Here's what Brooks had to say about the selection:
"A commitment to retool the offense could prompt the Steelers to add a massive blocker to the lineup. Mims’ size, athleticism and movement skills make him an intriguing option for a team that excels in player development. "- Bucky Brooks via NFL.com
Mims projects as a long-time starting right tackle in the NFL thanks to his size and athletic traits. After Dan Moore struggled during the 2023 season and Chukwuma Okorafor was benched early in the year, the Steelers could be in the market for an offensive tackle very early in the 2024 NFL Draft if they do not address the position in free agency.