The Pittsburgh Steelers shook their roster up on Thursday when they decided to release offensive guard David DeCastro. While DeCastro is a six-time Pro Bowler and has been named to three All-Pro teams, the move will save Pittsburgh $8.75 million in cap space.
Even though some extra cash is nice, it still means that the Steelers need to fill the hole that releasing DeCastro has created. Fortunately for them, there are still some noteworthy names remaining in free agency.
Here's a look at the three most likely replacements for DeCastro following his Steelers release.
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1. Trai Turner
One of the most notable remaining free agents is former Los Angeles Chargers guard Trai Turner. Considering how he's sat in free agency since March, his price shouldn't be too high. Besides, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport already confirmed that the Steelers were talking to Turner following DeCastro's release. A five-time Pro Bowler, Turner could be a great fit for Pittsburgh should they sign him. He's had some underwhelming performances over the last couple of seasons, but he did allow just one sack in 536 offensive snaps in 2020. Playing for a contender like the Steelers could help rejuvenate Turner's career.
2. Nick Easton
If the Steelers can't work out a deal with Turner, they could turn their attention to Nick Easton. After going undrafted in 2015, Easton has had stints with four different teams around the league. Most recently, he suited up with the New Orleans Saints over the last two seasons. The 29-year-old started at right guard in nine games for the Saints last season, allowing just 2 sacks on 562 offensive snaps. While he may not be a former Pro Bowler, Easton is reliable enough to fill DeCastro's spot for the time being.
3. Kelechi Osemele
A second-round pick in 2012, Kelechi Osemele has been carving out a great NFL career for himself. He's been to two Pro Bowls, was named first-team All-Pro in 2016 and helped the Baltimore Ravens win Super Bowl 47 as a rookie. He's only played eight games over the last two seasons, so there may be some concerns about his injury history. Nevertheless, Osemele could bring a winner's mentality to a Steelers team that couldn't win when it mattered last year. Plus, he didn't allow a tackle through the 282 offensive snaps he did play in 2020.
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