It’s going to be a different kind of offseason in the land of the Black and Gold. And the Pittsburgh Steelers will have some decisions to make very soon.
Mike Tomlin guided the Pittsburgh Steelers to the playoffs in 2021. But once again, the team fell on its collective facemasks in a 42-21 loss at Kansas City.
Now, for the first time since 2003, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will not be on the roster of the team from the Steel City. And after the three-day process known as the 2022 NFL Draft, general manager Kevin Colbert will be stepping down.
Yes, it’s going to be quite the transition for the franchise. And for the first time in years, the team enters the offseason with salary-cap room (via Spotrac). So could the Steelers part ways with these three performers?
3. T Zach Banner
Last offseason, the main objective for then-defending AFC North champions was to fix an offensive line that had fallen off in recent years. The team watched perennial Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey opt for retirement. Left tackle Alejandro Villanueva wasn’t re-signed, right guard David DeCastro was released and versatile Matt Feiler signed with the Chargers.
Tackle Zach Banner has been a member of the Steeler for three seasons. He’s played in a total of 23 games during his stay, including a brief appearance in this year’s wild-card contest at Arrowhead Stadium. He’s made only two starts. Injuries have played a factor here but his lack of substantial playing time is head-scratching.