Steelers shocking cap casualties who are sticking on the roster this offseason
There are both positives and negatives for keeping extra depth at cornerback
Cam Sutton is gone, but Patrick Peterson was signed to add a veteran to the room. Peterson should be able to play at a consistent level as one of the starting outside cornerbacks for this defense in 2023. Levi Wallace seems like he could be penciled in as the starter on the opposite side of Peterson, but many believe the Steelers will add to that spot through the draft.
Ahkello Witherspoon has lost his way on this roster, and he carries a high cap hit for someone that will likely be a depth piece. Depending on how the draft goes, he could become a player that could be released or traded come training camp. The Steelers seem to like him, but he struggled in his starting role last year before he suffered an injury.
Having someone with the amount of starting experience behind the starters is not the worst-case scenario but having him at that price is hard to swallow. Over the cap shows that Pittsburgh could release Witherspoon and save four million in cap space if it is designated for June first. It makes sense to keep him around just in case you cannot get a starting caliber corner in the draft, but that is a hefty price to rectify keeping him around.