3 Steelers Players Least Likely to Still Be on the Roster by the End of 2020

Jason Schandl
Steelers players who may not be with the team by the end of 2020 include Tyson Alualu.
Steelers players who may not be with the team by the end of 2020 include Tyson Alualu. / Rob Leiter/Getty Images
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have already released most of their obvious cut candidates to give them some salary cap flexibility this offseason. That doesn't mean everybody else's job is safe, however. Whether it's a salary-saving move early in the offseason, a training camp cut or a high-profile trade, the team is still going to make plenty of roster moves before the 2020 season gets underway.

With that in mind, here are the three Steelers players least likely to still be on the roster by the end of 2020.

1. Tyson Alualu, DE

Tyson Alualu during a 2019 game against the Chargers.
Tyson Alualu during a 2019 game against the Chargers. / Rob Leiter/Getty Images

The Steelers trading a fifth-round pick for Chris Wormley, who has just one year left on his deal, suggests he's likely in their long-term plans. That makes Tyson Alualu more expendable, as they play similar roles, serving primarily as stout run defenders. Alualu has shown better pass-rush chops, but he has just four quarterback hits and 1.0 sacks over the last two seasons. The Steelers would incur less than $1 million in dead money if they release Alualu, freeing up nearly $3 million, so it wouldn't be a surprise if he's the next cap casualty.

2. Daniel McCullers, DT

Dan McCullers on the sideline during a 2019 game against the Bills
Dan McCullers on the sideline during a 2019 game against the Bills / Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

Saving around $1.5 million may not seem like a big deal, but the Steelers are 25th in the NFL in remaining cap space with under $9 million available, so every bit counts. Daniel McCullers played 131 snaps in 2019, and the defensive tackle graded out very poorly, getting a 50.9 overall grade from Pro Football Focus. That's the kind of play that can be replaced, at a lower price-point, most likely by a late-round draft pick.

3. Bud Dupree, LB

Bud Dupree during a game against the Jets.
Bud Dupree during a game against the Jets. / Steven Ryan/Getty Images

Steelers' brass has said that Bud Dupree is in their long-term plans, even though he's currently on just a one-year deal after being given the franchise tag. That makes sense, given Dupree broke out with a career-best 11.5 sacks in 2019. If the two sides can't come to an agreement, however, that may force their hand, particularly if they're not looking like contenders early in the season. With the exception of Ben Roethlisberger, most of this roster is young, and they shouldn't be operating in win-now mode. Given that, a sign-and-trade deal to get something in return for Dupree would be preferable to simply letting him walk at the end of 2020 if they don't get an extension done.


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