The Steelers Should Steal This Upcoming Free Agent Away From the Ravens After the 2020 Season

Tristan Jung
The Pittsburgh Steelers should sign this free agent to steal him away from the Ravens next offseason.
The Pittsburgh Steelers should sign this free agent to steal him away from the Ravens next offseason. / Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

After a season filled with injuries and controversy, the Pittsburgh Steelers missed the playoffs in 2019 with an 8-8 record. Worse yet, they watched the Baltimore Ravens win the AFC North and take the No. 1 seed.

The Ravens are already projected to be the best team in the AFC next year. If the Steelers want to start chipping away at the Ravens' supremacy, they could start by signing away one of their free agents in the 2021 offseason. Making a bold move for All-Pro left tackle Ronnie Stanley would be an obvious way to achieve that.

After a sterling campaign that saw him pave the way for Lamar Jackson's MVP season, Ronnie Stanley can make a good claim to be the best left tackle in the NFL. After Laremy Tunsil's mega-deal with the Houston Texans, the 26-year-old Stanley is set for a massive payday in 2021 that should make him the highest-paid offensive lineman in football.

The Ravens don't want to give up on Stanley, who is rightly seen as a cornerstone of the franchise, but they are looking at some cap issues down the road if they give Stanley a massive deal. The Ravens are nearly capped out as it is, and key player like Lamar Jackson and Matthew Judon are set to receive huge deals soon.

So, where does Stanley fit in for Pittsburgh? The Steelers' starting left tackle, Alejandro Villanueva, will be 32 when his contract expires in 2021. Stanley would slot in immediately to replace Villanueva and provide a huge impact for the Steelers' offense. The Ravens, obviously, would be badly hit by this move.

Of course, the elephant in the room is that the Steelers will likely need Ben Roethlisberger to retire to make this work. Roethlisberger is already eating up a huge portion of the Steelers' cap space with a $68 million deal that expires in 2022, even after restructuring the contract. However, after suffering a season-ending elbow injury in 2019, we'll have no idea what the 38-year-old Roethlisberger has left in the tank.

Rumors of Roethlisberger's retirement have already been swirling, and it's very likely that he'll make a decision based on his early performance in 2020. If the Steelers do lose their long-time franchise quarterback, signing Ronnie Stanley away from the Ravens would be a shocking and effective move.

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