2020 Could Be This Player's Last Chance to Prove Himself With the Steelers

Jason Schandl
This Pittsburgh Steelers player could be on the way out if he doesn't prove himself in the 2020 season.
This Pittsburgh Steelers player could be on the way out if he doesn't prove himself in the 2020 season. / Bobby Ellis/Getty Images

Pittsburgh Steelers fans have plenty of reason to be excited for the 2020 NFL season. They will be getting back franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and still have one of the most dangerous defenses in football.

Things are not all perfect in Pittsburgh though, and the 2020 season could be Vance McDonald's last chance to prove himself as a Steeler.

McDonald was already at risk of being a cap casualty cut when the Steelers brought in former Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron. McDonald agreed to restructure his contract, helping keep him in town.

But now he's likely the No. 2 tight end in the offense, and at the end of the season there's a team option on his contract. Getting rid of him next offseason would save the Steelers north of $5 million in cap space.

His production fell off a cliff in 2019, averaging only 5.0 yards per target, but there's still room for hope. He was very efficient in his first two years in Pittsburgh, and overall he's turned in an average of 7.1 yards per target as a Steeler. For context, Eric Ebron averaged 6.9 yards per target in his two seasons with the Colts, and has a career average of 7.1.

McDonald still has time to prove himself, as having two viable receiving tight ends can put an offense in a great spot. But with a team option on his contract, he needs to immediately step up and make a big impact in the 2020 season to save his job.

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