The Pittsburgh Steelers were one of the hottest NFL teams last season before they struggled down the stretch and lost in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs to the Cleveland Browns. They head into the offseason with a number of crucial roster moves to make to better the future of the franchise.
One way in which the team can address the cap space situation is to look at the veterans on the team and what is is costing to keep them around. With that being said, here are three Steelers veterans who could be cap casualty cuts this offseason.
1. Vince Williams, Linebacker
Vince Williams defines what it is to be a Steeler as he plays hard every single snap and has a boatload of physical toughness. However, the Steelers have a lot of depth at the position and could save $4 million against the cap by cutting him. Starter Devin Bush will be back next season after tearing his ACL in 2020 in addition to Robert Spillane, Avery Williamson and Marcus Allen. While it would be hard to see a player like this leave the locker room, it financially makes sense for the Steelers and is one way the team could clear up some cap space.
2. Derek Watt, Fullback
Derek Watt remains a fan favorite player on the Steelers and is one member of the Watt brothers duo on the team. He was a major signing for the team last offseason, but the running game still struggled this season as he did not provide much help. Watt appeared in just 52 offensive snaps and mostly played on special teams. That kind of playing time does not justify the almost $4 million cap hit he comes with next season. The Steelers could restructure his contract to keep him on the roster, but Watt seems like a candidate to be cut in the offseason.
3. Joe Haden, Cornerback
This would be a surprising move given how Haden has publicly stated how much he loves playing on the Steelers, but it makes sense financially. Haden comes with the second-highest cap hit on the team in 2021 ($15.6 million) and is more toward the end of his career than the start of it. The Steelers could use the money saved here to address their two young cornerbacks hitting free agency (Cameron Sutton and Mike Hilton). Haden has quickly become a fan favorite and would likely take a pay cut to stick around, but remains a cut candidate until something like that happens.
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