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    Gerry Dulac: Let's look at what the Steelers will likely do with their free agents

    Gerry Dulac: Let's look at what the Steelers will likely do with their free agents

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    FEB 26, 2021

    Like most seasons, the Steelers will not be active players in free agency — at least, not in terms of pursuing outside players.

    But they will be very active deciding what to do with 19 unrestricted free agents — one of their highest totals in recent memory — a list that includes nine players who were either starters or major contributors in 2020.

    One of the decisions is fairly obvious: The Steelers are in no position to re-sign outside linebacker Bud Dupree, not with big money earmarked for outside partner T.J. Watt. Nor will be they be able to place the franchise tag on him again. The reduced salary cap will preclude that from happening, especially with a projected price tag of $14.5 million for outside linebackers in 2021.

    The biggest decision will involve wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, a player they would like to retain under ideal circumstances but someone who might be seeking to make a bigger strike in free agency.

    While some NFL people may not view Smith-Schuster as a true No. 1 receiver, his 97 catches in 2020 and 1,427 receiving yards in 2018 make him a valuable commodity in the free agent market, especially at age 25. The Steelers, though, view Smith-Schuster as their modern-day Hines Ward — tough, physical, dependable, sure-handed — the type of player they would like to retain

    Then there is a matter of what to do with James Conner, whose production and reliability have dropped drastically since he made the Pro Bowl in his first season as the starter in 2018. But that shouldn’t be a difficult decision.

    If the Steelers are committed to fixing their running game, which they are intent on doing, then the likelihood of Conner returning is slim at best. They will not only change their scheme and technique with new offensive coordinator Matt Canada and offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, they will change their personnel, as well.

    Which leads us to the offensive line:

    Left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, who has started 90 consecutive games since 2015, is 33 and will not be re-signed. His cap number in 2020 was $8.3 million.

    The Steelers are in position to re-sign guard Matt Feiler, 29, who earned $3.25 million last season, but only if they move him back to his best position at right tackle. That would allow the Steelers several options, including moving Chukwuma Okorafor to left tackle and/or drafting a tackle early in the draft.

    They can also re-sign tackle Zach Banner, who missed nearly the entire 2020 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Banner won’t cost a lot of money in a one-year deal. A lot of that, though, is predicated on the Steelers signing a veteran center in free agency to replace retired Maurkice Pouncey, thereby eliminating that need in the draft.

    After that, most of their decisions will come on defense. Here’s what they are likely to do with each of the other significant UFAs:

    Tyson Alualu: The veteran nose tackle will be 34 and plays only 43 percent of the snaps, but he is a solid run-stopper and a capable sub-package defensive end. With little proven depth on the defensive line, his cost should not prohibit him from returning.

    Mike Hilton: The Steelers paid their top nickelback $3.25 million on a one-year deal in 2020, which isn’t a lot of money for a player who makes a lot of plays at or behind the line of scrimmage. But Hilton does not do the same in coverage, where he is picked on repeatedly because of his small stature. This might come down to which type of player the Steelers want more — Hilton or Cam Sutton?

    Cam Sutton: Their former No. 3 draft choice in 2017 could become something of a rarity — a drafted cornerback who receives a second contract from the Steelers. Sutton might not be as good along the line of scrimmage as Hilton, but he is better in coverage as a slot corner and more suited to play outside in case of an injury. If it comes down to one or the other, Sutton might be the winner.

    Chris Wormley: The Steelers got little production from the defensive end they acquired from the Baltimore Ravens, partly because of injuries. Wormley played only 14.5 percent of the snaps and registered one sack, one tackle for loss and three quarterback hits, meager numbers for a player who cost $2.13 million on a one-year deal last season. Because of a lack of productive depth, the Steelers could go either way on this one.

    Avery Williamson: The Steelers traded a fifth-round pick in November to acquire the inside linebacker from the New York Jets after injuries to Devin Bush and backup Robert Spillane. A lot of what they will do with Williamson could depend on what the Steelers do with veteran Vince Williams, 32, who is scheduled to count $7,031,668 against the salary cap in 2021. Williams is a very good run-stopper who is a liability in coverage, but he is also a good complement to the faster and more mobile Devin Bush. Nonetheless, Williamson is likely to get more on the free agent market as a former starter than the Steelers would be willing to pay him to be a backup. Do not expect him back.

    Jordan Dangerfield: The backup safety is a special-teams standouts who has been playing on a series of one-year contracts with minimal salary damage. Expect the same again.

    Jordan Berry: This will be curious if nothing else. The Steelers released their five-year punter when they signed veteran Dustin Colquitt before the 2020 season, but brought him back in Week 6 after Colquitt struggled. Berry responded with one of his best seasons, averaging a career-high 45.8 yards on 57 punts. But the Steelers have strong-legged Corliss Waitman waiting to be unleashed after spending last season on the practice squad.

    https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/...s/202102260150
    1.24 Najee Harris RB Alabama
    2.55 Creed Humphrey C Oklahoma
    3.87 Spencer Brown OT N Iowa
    4.128 Kary Vincent Jr CB LSU
    4.140 Tony Fields II ILB W Virginia
    6.216 Shaka Toney OLB Penn St
    7.245 Divine Deablo S Va Tech
    7.254 John Bates TE Boise St

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    Not knocking on you Hawaii, but this article sucks, it is just a list.

    Dulac is one reporter, who keeps disappointing me.
    I think he had a deadline and just wrote this just to write something.
    (maybe it is good for the average, below average fan, but I think we all can see through that.)
    More than half this board has more sense of reality and direction than he does.

    He actually thinks we might keep Juju!
    He offers no direction path or his view, or what their values are projected.
    He refers to contracts signed as cheap, like Hilton, Feiler, but they had no choice they were RFA, they had to sign that, and hints they should be affordable.


    By the way, does anyone have any idea where to find projected costs. ( spotec doesn't list the players)
    I guess we will see in theses 2 weeks.

    Keylargo's quick post in November has more clearity!
    http://www.planetsteelers.com/forums...s-In-Who-s-out
    Last edited by steeler_george; 02-27-2021 at 06:05 AM.


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    I don't think Dupree will be back with the team.

    I believe the Steelers would like to keep Juju. I believe Juju wants to stay but at what price? The Steelers could survive with the loss of Juju. DJ is the wild card for the Steelers WR core.

    Conner is probably gone.

    With Ben returning I am not sure how many overall scheme changes the offense will under go? A lot of window dressing but similar types of plays with Ben as QB. The run game could improve with more powerful Olinemen at center and LG. I don't think Feiler played well enough at guard. Feiler probably more suited to play at RT.

    Can Dotson play well enough at left guard? If so the Steelers need a LT and Center. LT?, Dotson LG, C?, RG Decastro, RT (Banner or Feiler?).

    Alualu seemed to play well until he was injured. He will probably be back.

    Sutton over Hilton.

    When will Bush be ready? I hope they can make it work out with Williamson.

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    I think Bud and Ju ju are gone. Each is worth at least 9 million a season, and we can not afford it. I'll take the comp pick, which hopefully are 3rd round picks!

    I agree that Feiler is better at RT, but given his age, and being that he is a starter in his prime years, he could be gone too.

    Sutton and Hilton I'd like to keep with Hilton being the we might have to battle for.
    Realistic rebuild mock draft 3-29-2021.Plan to spend $110,094,402 in cap space in 2022 and have 4 comp picks + what we have in the 2022 draft. We will be back hopefully with better coaching.

    1) RB Najee Harris - A 3 down back, makes em; miss, runs then over, Gets outside, blocks like a top FB
    2 ) LT Dillon Radunz
    3 ) CB Paulson Adebo -
    4a ) C Drake Jackson-
    4b ) TE Tommy Temble
    6) G / C Cole Van Lanen -
    7a ) S Darmr Hamln -
    7b ) ILB Erroll Thompson

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    My prediction is:

    We keep Banner over Feiler, also predict we bring BJ Finney back and find a way to bring Kelvin Beachum in

    We keep Sutton over Hilton

    We keep Alalalu over Wormley

    We let Berry walk

    We have no choice but to let JuJu leave

    I'd love to keep Williamson but he will be too expensive
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    I just don't get this Banner love, he's been cut by three other teams, and is probably to slow footed to play tackle. He's a good extra run blocker, that all I saw. . Has he even started or played tackle during a regular season game for the Steelers?
    Realistic rebuild mock draft 3-29-2021.Plan to spend $110,094,402 in cap space in 2022 and have 4 comp picks + what we have in the 2022 draft. We will be back hopefully with better coaching.

    1) RB Najee Harris - A 3 down back, makes em; miss, runs then over, Gets outside, blocks like a top FB
    2 ) LT Dillon Radunz
    3 ) CB Paulson Adebo -
    4a ) C Drake Jackson-
    4b ) TE Tommy Temble
    6) G / C Cole Van Lanen -
    7a ) S Darmr Hamln -
    7b ) ILB Erroll Thompson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel Buchsbaum View Post
    I just don't get this Banner love, he's been cut by three other teams, and is probably to slow footed to play tackle. He's a good extra run blocker, that all I saw. . Has he even started or played tackle during a regular season game for the Steelers?

    The dude was just too fat, almost ate himself out of NFL. It just clicked here when we signed him.

    But yeah, the jury is still out on this dude.


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    Cash-over-cap becomes viable solution for coming 2021 salary-cap crunch

    Posted by Mike Florio on February 27, 2021

    The NFL Players Association wants agents to collude in order to get the best deals for their clients in 2021. As recently explained, that won’t work.

    Here’s what will: The NFLPA’s suggestion that agents aggressively push teams to use contract devices aimed at paying players now with cap consequences arising in future years, as the cap increases.

    Per multiple sources, the notion of pressing teams to use “cash over cap” has gained steam as agents prepare for the coming wave of free agency. A much more common device before the 2011 CBA, when teams seemed to have salary-cap problems far more often, the practice of spending more than 100 percent of the current year’s cap could make a major comeback this year.

    The easiest method for spending above the cap comes from the signing bonus. When, for example, a player receives a $10 million signing bonus on a four-year deal, only $2.5 million of that amount applies in the first year of the deal, with $2.5 million hitting the cap in the second, third, and fourth years.

    Extra cash also can be funneled to players through so-called not-likely-to-be-earned incentives that are easily reached. That gives players money in the current year while hitting the cap in the next year. (It may take some effort and creativity, based on each individual player’s situation, to craft incentives that fall into the NLTBE category.)

    Future guarantees also can be used, with players getting full security deeper into the term of a multi-year deal. Recent changes to the funding rule make it easier for teams to extend fully-guaranteed payments beyond the current year, reducing the amount of money that must be placed in escrow in order to protect players against potential insolvency of the team, something that won’t be happening in today’s NFL.

    While it would be easier to get deals done if the salary cap weren’t dropping from $198.2 million to $182 million or so, there are other ways to skin the cat. Pushing teams to use those devices will be far more fruitful than expecting rival agents to compare notes and to trust each other that the information will be used for the common good.

    https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.co...ry-cap-crunch/
    1.24 Najee Harris RB Alabama
    2.55 Creed Humphrey C Oklahoma
    3.87 Spencer Brown OT N Iowa
    4.128 Kary Vincent Jr CB LSU
    4.140 Tony Fields II ILB W Virginia
    6.216 Shaka Toney OLB Penn St
    7.245 Divine Deablo S Va Tech
    7.254 John Bates TE Boise St

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    Quote Originally Posted by steeler_george View Post
    The dude was just too fat, almost ate himself out of NFL. It just clicked here when we signed him.

    But yeah, the jury is still out on this dude.
    That is why he is an affordable, low-risk signing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo View Post
    That is why he is an affordable, low-risk signing
    He has a lot to prove, and I too am skeptical. But he has gotten into much better shape since he’s been here and seems focused on becoming a player. The proof will be in the results, though.

    I will say that from what I see in his posts, he’s a pretty kind, thoughtful and compassionate big dude—qualities that will help him beyond his playing days. Reminds me of Cam Heyward some. I’m rooting for him.

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