The Pittsburgh Steelers find themselves in a situation many never thought this team would be in here in 2021. The team has a surplus of cash, and I’m not talking about ‘just enough’ money to rework T.J. Watt’s deal and have in season spending money. I’m talking about having enough money for all of that and adding an impact level player to this roster. After restructuring the Stephon Tiitt deal, the Steelers are now able to afford an external player up to $6 million. But with a few other simple deals, that number could rise to $11million. But how do they spend all this money on? Below are some players who are available to trade or are currently on free agent market.
Acquiring cap hit: $7,735,294
Stephon Gilmore has been a long-term resident of New England since 2020. The veteran cornerback has requested a trade in past, but has yet to be dealt. He is also looking for a new contract, but he appears ready to play the entire year in New England before going on the open market. It will be difficult to take Gilmore away from Patriots, but he is the key piece of a championship roster.
Acquiring cap hit: $1,542,554
Henderson was a 2020 first-round pick and has been a solid player in his rookie year with the Jaguars. The disgruntled star requested a trade a few week back. It would be a similar situation for the Steelers to the Minkah fitzpatrick deal in Miami. He is on a very limited contract for the next 4 years and could continue to develop in Pittsburgh, where he will be playing alongside Joe Haden. Perhaps the Steelers can get another piece of Jacksonville that was part the old regime.
Acquiring cap hit: $1,000,000
Decker never asked for trades, but the Lions put a lot into Penei Selwell and Decker keeps him from being a left tackle. Decker was signed for four years more by the Lions. They will eventually trade him, and it would be easy for them to do so now as Decker’s cap hit is only one-million in 2021. This would be a major upgrade for the Steelers at left tackle and would make the team even better for years to follow.
Schwartz can play on either side of the ball as a dual threat tackle. He is an NFL-educated football player with a high football intelligence. Having blocked for Patrick Mahomes, Schwartz knows what it’s like protecting a superstar, and what it’s like winning a championship. Maybe that’s what’s missing in the Steelers unit.
Okung once said that the Steelers couldn’t afford his talents. Well, the Steelers now have some of the largest cap spaces in the NFL. The former Pro Bowl left tackle would provide veteran ability for blocking Ben Roethlisberger’s blind side. Okung would give Steelers a lot more credibility and add a bit of snarl to an aggressive unit.