The Pittsburgh Steelers snuck into the NFL Playoffs this past season for the sixth time in the last eight years. However, this team is going to look a lot different next season. Long-time starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has retired and a number of key players are entering free agency.
Pittsburgh's front office certainly has their work cut from them when it comes to finalizing this roster before Week 1 kickoff rolls around. It's nothing they haven't done before, though. With that in mind, here are three bold predictions for the Steelers offseason.
Steelers Bold Predictions
1. Steelers Trade for Matt Ryan
The Steelers obviously have a major need at quarterback with Roethlisberger riding off into the sunset and head coach Mike Tomlin has expressed a want for a veteran quarterback in the past. This free agent class leaves a lot to be desired and Pittsburgh could opt to trade for Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons instead. Ryan owns a career record of 120-102 across 14 NFL seasons and is a former league MVP. He also averages 269.1 passing yards per game and would excel with the variety of offensive weapons Pittsburgh has on the roster. The Steelers' Super Bowl window remains open, so trading for Ryan allows them to avoid a dreaded rebuild. Although, there could prove to be roadblocks on Atlanta's side given the cap hit it would take on.
2. Steelers Sign Multiple OL in Free Agency
Pittsburgh allowed the fewest sacks during the 2020 season (14), but that number jumped all the way up to 38 in 2021. It's clear that the team needs to build depth along the offensive line in order to build a successful rushing attack and keep its QB upright. This free agent class is filled with players capable of stepping into a starting role and the Steelers are projected to have over $32 million in available cap space. That gives them an opportunity to not add only one, but multiple linemen into the mix. Terron Armstead, Cam Robinson and Austin Corbett all stick out as potential targets. Addressing a big need in a big way is right up Pittsburgh's alley.
3. Steelers Pass on QB to Draft Ahmad Gardner in First Round
2022 NFL Draft experts across the country expect the Steelers to select a QB in the first round. That could set the team back for years, though. Developing a QB in today's NFL takes time and Pittsburgh hasn't posted a losing record since 2003. With cornerback Joe Haden hitting free agency this offseason, drafting Ahmad Gardner comes with a ton of upside. The Cincinnati standout has the speed to keep up with even the fastest pass-catchers in coverage and racked up 9 interceptions across three college seasons. His ability to bump receivers off their route at the line of scrimmage makes him a great fit on Pittsburgh's tough-nosed defense. Gardner remains a name to keep an eye on.
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