3 Steelers Veterans Who Could Be Cap Casualty Cuts This Offseason

David Kaestle
Mark Barron isn't a surefire bet to be back with Pittsburgh in 2020.
Mark Barron isn't a surefire bet to be back with Pittsburgh in 2020. / Joe Sargent/Getty Images
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The Pittsburgh Steelers cap situation is in rough shape as they head into 2020 free agency. Currently projected to have the second-lowest available cap space at just $1.6 million (per Over the Cap), its clear Pittsburgh has to make some moves to free up some dollars.

With that in mind, let's take a look at three veterans the Steelers could be cap casualty cuts ahead of free agency.

1. Vance McDonald

Vance McDonald could be one of the veteran Steelers on his way out.
Vance McDonald could be one of the veteran Steelers on his way out. / Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Vance McDonald has had his big moments and games as a Steeler, but 2019 was a disappointing year. He has also had his fair share of injury concerns, missing nine games over the last three seasons combined. With only 273 yards receiving in 2019 across 14 games in 2019, McDonald no longer warrants his $7.1 million cap hit. Cutting the veteran tight end would give Pittsburgh an additional $5.7 million in cap space. It could certainly find a way to replace that production for a cheaper price than that.

2. Mark Barron

Cutting Mark Barron would save the Steelers more than $5 million.
Cutting Mark Barron would save the Steelers more than $5 million. / Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Like McDonald, Mark Barron's inconsistent play doesn't make his $8.1 million cap hit look good. Barron did record 82 tackles last season, but he only started nine games. With the emergence of Devin Bush and Bud Dupree (a free agent), Barron becomes that much more expendable, especially if the Steelers elect to re-sign Dupree. Cutting Barron saves the Steelers more than $5 million.

3. Anthony Chickillo

Anthony Chickillo celebrating against the Bengals.
Anthony Chickillo celebrating against the Bengals. / Joe Sargent/Getty Images

Anthony Chickillo resume simply doesn't come close to supporting his cap hit. Set to count $6.1 million against the cap next season, cutting Chickillo would save Pittsburgh $5 million. He hasn't started a game since 2017 and currently has the 12th-highest cap hit on the roster. Recording a measly 19 tackles and 0.5 sacks in 2019 in 11 games, those are numbers you can replace for a much cheaper price. This one is as obvious as it gets.


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