5 Moves the Steelers Need to Make This Offseason
The Pittsburgh Steelers haven't had a losing season in nearly 20 years. However, they haven't had much recent success, either. The Steelers failed to make the playoffs last year, meaning they've now gone six straight seasons without tasting a postseason victory.
If the Steelers want to buck that trend in 2023, they can't waste any time during the offseason. General manager Omar Khan and head coach Mike Tomlin must come together to figure out the best moves to make to give Pittsburgh a legitimate chance at returning to the playoffs before fans lose their patience.
Here are five moves that the Steelers need to make this NFL offseason.
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1. Improve Offensive Line w/ 17th Overall Pick
If the Steelers want quarterback Kenny Pickett to succeed in 2023, improving the offensive line is a must. Fortunately, the Steelers hold the 17th overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Some of the names that Pittsburgh can add with the pick include Georgia's Broderick Jones, Ohio State's Paris Johnson Jr. and Northwestern's Peter Skoronski — all of whom are capable of starting in Week 1.
2. Re-Sign CB Cameron Sutton
Veteran cornerback Cameron Sutton was fantastic for the Steelers in 2022, only allowing a 47.9% completion percentage and a 65.3 passer rating on 73 targets. He also set new personal bests with 15 broken-up passes and 3 interceptions. Having said that, Sutton is set to become a free agent and Spotrac is listing his market rate at a $7.6 million annual value — $2.4 million more than his 2022 cap hit. Nevertheless, Sutton is one of the best CBs in the AFC North and if the Steelers want to keep opposing QBs honest, they'll do whatever it takes to re-sign Sutton.
3. Cutting QB Mitchell Trubisky
Mitchell Trubisky failed to impress in his first season as a Steeler, ultimately losing his job to the rookie Pickett. The former 2017 second-overall pick went 2-3 in five starts, averaging just 178.9 passing yards per game with a 4:5 TD/INT ratio. While those are okay numbers for a backup QB, it's worth noting that Trubisky carries a $10.625 million cap hit in 2023. The good news is that the Steelers can save $8 million in space by cutting him, per Spotrac. If the organization is all-in on Pickett as the starting signal-caller, releasing Trubisky is a no-brainer.
4. Improve the Pass Rush
The Steelers can be more of a force next season if they upgrade their pass rush this offseason. While their 40 sacks (T-No. 14) were in the middle of the pack, they finished in the bottom 10 when it came to hurries (28, No. 30), QB knockdowns (40, No. 24) and pressures (108, No. 28). With talented pass-rushers available in both the 2023 NFL Draft and free agency, Pittsburgh has no excuse not to be better in this area next season.
5. Move On From LB Myles Jack
With Spotrac projecting the Steelers to only have $331,113 in cap space, they must cut more than Trubisky to be real players this offseason. Fortunately, moving on from linebacker Myles Jack can help. After joining the team on a two-year deal last offseason, Jack didn't exactly wow fans with his average performance, making it clear that he's not worth his $11.25 million cap hit in 2023. Pittsburgh could likely trade him to a team with a young defense that needs a veteran presence or cut him and save another $8 million in cap space.
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