Former NFL GM Critical of Free Agency Period Deals Made by Pittsburgh Steelers

Published 03/22/2021, 5:00 PM EDT
Oct 25, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin congratulates quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7), wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19), and wide receiver Diontae Johnson (18) after the touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports


With the free agency period in full swing, NFL franchises are making sure they plug all the gaps ahead of the new season. From big money signings such as Kenny Golladay to the New York Giants to the New England Patriots going full house to sign a bunch of players, this free agency period has been unlike any other in the past.

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But some franchises have been quieter than usual this season. And among them are the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers franchise isn’t the best equipped when it comes to salary cap during this period.

According to overthecap.com, the Steelers are a shade under $2.2 million of the $182.5 million salary cap. This obviously left them with little room to maneuver in the free agency market.

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But one former NFL General Manager feels that the franchise could’ve handled their cap scenario and free agency deals a lot better.

Pittsburgh Steelers fail to impress in free agency

While the Steelers weren’t as active as some of the other franchises in free agency, they did lock down two key offensive players for the next season, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver JuJu Smith Schuster.

But former New York Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum wasn’t too impressed with the Steelers’ decision making.

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Dec 13, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) walks off the field following the game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

“They brought back Ben Roethlisberger…they resigned Juju…and they still have questions at left tackle, center and running back. I think this is a team that could very well wind up with one of the top five picks in next year’s draft,” Tannebaum said.

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The Steelers had a roller coaster of a season in 2020. After going 11-0 the side ended the regular season with a 12-4 record. And to make matters worse, they lost their first playoff game of the season to division rivals Cleveland Browns.

The team’s inability to run the ball hit them hard. While they looked to exploit opposition defenses with their short passing game, teams soon found out a way to negate this strategy.

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With the lack of free agency signings, do you feel they can make a playoff run in 2021? Or is a season full of disappointment awaiting the franchise?

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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