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One of the biggest questions surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line entering the 2020 season was how well Stephon Tuitt would rebound from a torn pectoral muscle.

The injury limited Tuitt to nine games in 2019 and, with three years left on his contract, he needed to prove he was worth his $9 million base salary.

Tuitt erased any doubts about his health and his paycheck by getting at least a half sack in four of the first five games. He made a career-high 15 starts, missing one game because of covid-19, and established a career benchmark with 11 sacks, which ranked second on the team.

Tuitt’s success also was partially because of the extra attention Cameron Heyward received at defensive tackle. Heyward, who had 29 sacks combined over the previous three seasons, had his total drop to four, his fewest in a full season as a starter. But Heyward’s continual presence in the pocket contributed to the Steelers leading the NFL with 56 sacks.

The bookends of the Steelers defensive line are under contract for at least two more years — Heyward has four years to go on his deal — which will provide the organization time to fill in the pieces elsewhere.

When nose tackle Javon Hargrave Jersey took the free agent riches offered by the Philadelphia Eagles, Tyson Alualu moved into a starting role for his first time in four years with the Steelers. In his 11th NFL season, Alualu brought a steady presence to the Steelers while moving from defensive end, and he had two sacks and a career-high five pass breakups.

The Steelers, though, find themselves in a similar position at nose tackle as last offseason. Alualu will be an unrestricted free agent in March, and he will turn 34 before the season begins. Alualu showed he still is a productive player in a limited role in the base defense, and the Steelers could try to coax him back with another two-year contract, which would be his third with the team.

If Alualu doesn’t return, the Steelers can try to plug in Carlos Davis, who appeared in seven games but played just 54 defensive snaps as a rookie. Davis earned a roster spot late in the season over another former seventh-rounder, Isaiah Buggs Jersey, who was inactive for three of the final four games of the regular season and for the wild-card playoff game against the Cleveland Browns.

The defensive line depth also includes Henry Mondeaux, an undrafted free agent who made his NFL debut against Tennessee and played in the final 11 games of the year. Although he was used sparingly on defense, Mondeaux was a regular contributor on special teams after his promotion from the practice squad.

The Steelers also signed defensive linemen Calvin Taylor and Demarcus Christmas to futures contracts after the season ended. Taylor (14 weeks) and Christmas (nine) were members of the practice squad last season.

Chris Wormley, who had one sack in 13 games, is the team’s other unrestricted free agent on the defensive line.

Offseason outlook: Defensive line

Returnees

Cameron Heyward Jersey, 4 years left on contract, $14.55 million cap hit for 2021

Stephon Tuitt Jersey, 2 years left on contract, $14, 940,750 cap hit for 2021

Carlos Davis Jersey, 3 years left on contract, $803,376 cap hit or 2021

Isaiah Buggs, 2 years left on contract, $892,158 cap hit for 2021

Henry Mondeaux Jersey, 1 year left on contract, $780,000 cap hit for 2021

Others under contract

Demarcus Christmas, 1 year left on contract, $780,000 cap hit for 2021

Calvin Taylor Jersey, 1 year left on contract, $660,000 cap hit for 2021

Free agents

Tyson Alualu Jersey, unrestricted, $3.625 million cap hit for 2020

Chris Wormley Jersey, unrestricted, $2.133 million cap hit for 2020

Tomorrow: Inside linebackers

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There has been a familiar refrain that plenty of my BTSC community brethren have been more than happy to enthusiastically remind me of since the Steelers disappointing end to the 2020 NFL season. The NFL is not a family, it’s big business. Although I personally believe it has to be a bit of both; especially for a franchise with the unmatched legacy of the Pittsburgh Steelers, there is no denying that the NFL is an empire worth billions. However, the moment any business forgets what truly sets them apart and makes them special, they usually cease to be just that.

The 2021 NFL season will be a contract season for Steelers WR James Washington Jersey and the implications of a productive campaign could be huge for his future earnings and stability as a professional. Problem is there are a plethora of unanswered questions that still need answered, ranging from who will be the Steelers starting QB next year to just where Washington will stack up in the WR depth chart when the season rolls around. Both answers will undoubtedly impact Washington’s production in 2021.

Last season Washington was a valuable member of a stacked wide receiver group that went four deep, five actually when you consider seldom used jack of all trades Ray Ray McCloud. He finally was able to develop a solid rapport with Ben Roethlisberger Jersey, to the point where the Steelers veteran signal caller openly expressed his trust in Washington to come down with contested catches in the key moments of the game. That was a far cry from his rookie year where he failed to make any sort of a positive connection with Roethlisberger.

Washington may very well see an substantial uptick in targets next season if everything transpires as expected, but a wise man learns to always expect the unexpected. If the rumors are to be believed, free agent WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is looking to take his brand to a bigger market. While Smith-Schuster denied the rumor shortly after; expressing his desire to remain with the Black and Gold, the logistics of such a move in free agency make perfect sense, both personally and financially.

JuJu Smith-Schuster is from the west coast, and his family still resides there. The latest rumor states that the Las Vegas Raiders are interested in acquiring his services. The Raiders have both cap space and a real need to improve their talent at wide receiver. Closer to home, plus a much larger market for his brand. A talented young receiver taking star billing in the Sin City. What’s not to like if you are Smith-Schuster? Also, JuJu can only guess who the Steelers starting QB will be next year, and the following season. The Raiders QB situation is arguably more stable at the moment.

All this reality would seem to bode well for Washington’s immediate future with the Steelers. Last season he had to compete for targets with the talented trio of JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chase Claypool Jersey, and Diontae Johnson Jersey. Not to mention the talented but unreliable TE Eric Ebron Jersey. If Smith-Schuster does take his talents elsewhere, Washington moves up a spot in the pecking order and sees an increase in opportunities.

Washington will need to continue working hard this off season to expand his route tree and improve his footwork necessary to achieve greater separation on said routes. He made noticeable strides in his game last season. Washington has a knack of gaining a quick three or four yards separation on his deep routes, but defenders easily recover because he lacks true long speed. This requires that Washington and whoever is playing QB moving forward have a strong connection and superior timing.

The Steelers are notorious for selecting a wide receiver during the first couple days of the NFL Draft each year, quite successfully I might add. They are constantly looking to discover inexpensive young talent at the position. That strategy has served them well in the past, but that may not be an option this draft.

First off, one day soon they may no longer have a future Hall of Famer as their starting QB to help the young newcomers shine. Secondly, they have too many holes to fill along the offensive line and at linebacker to use a earlier round selection on another receiver. A stud tight end is entirely possible, but not another receiver. It’s a luxury that the Steelers simply can’t afford this season.

Washington is not as talented as JuJu Smith-Schuster Jersey, but I trust he is more than capable of stepping up his game and getting the job done if JuJu does indeed take his talents elsewhere.

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Disclaimer: The author realizes that the 2021 Steelers are probably going to be burning in Salary Cap Hell and can’t pony up much money for free agents. However, you never know what they have planned and it’s the author’s responsibility to highlight the free agent options.

The Steelers have many an issue on offense with losses on the line, at wide receiver and running back. Running Back is particularly interesting. The Steelers were always known as a running team, but have ranked near the bottom the past couple of years, With James Conner Jersey contract expired, it would be surprising if the inspiring Pitt RB is back. Behind him is a group including Benny Snell Jersey and Anthony McFarland Jr. Jersey It seems like more players will be brought in to compete for the top job in the draft. They could also look at some valuable bargains in free agency. Should they find salary cap room to add, here is the list of available free agents should a Steel City Money Miracle occur.

ONCE AGAIN. THE AUTHOR REALIZES THAT THE STEELERS DO NOT HAVE THE FUNDS FOR MANY OF THESE PLAYERS. HOWEVER, THIS IS THE LIST OF WHO IS AVAILABLE TO THE ENTIRE LEAGUE AND THE STEELERS. YOU CAN CRITICIZE THE IDIOT AUTHOR ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER OR BLEACHER REPORT COMMENTS SECTION FOR WASTING YOUR TIME AND NOT KNOWING ANYTHING AT ALL, AGAIN AND AGAIN. HOWEVER, THESE WILL CONTINUE TO APPEAR.

Most Notable Free Agent Running Backs
Aaron Jones Jersey– Green Bay Packers
Age 26, 5’9”/208 lbs.
Stats: Games Played – 14, Speed: 4.56

Rushing:

Attempts – 204, Yards – 1,104, Yards Per Attempt – 5.5, Yards Per Game – 78.9, Touchdowns – 9, Fumbles – 2, 10+ Runs – 26

Receiving:

Targets – 63, Receptions – 47, Yards – 355, Yards Per Game 25.4, Touchdowns – 2, Drops – 3

No. 23 PFF Position Ranking

Overall Grade 79.4 (High Quality), Rushing 79.3 (High Quality), Receiving 76.5 (High Quality), Pass Blocking 39.1 (Poor), Run Blocking 44.4 (Poor)

Jones is one of the NFL’s finest running backs. He does everything well, but there is some worry that his production is due to the collaboration with Aaron Rodgers and playing in the Green Bay offense. Jones should get a great pay day regardless though. PFF is projecting Jones’ new contract to be in the cozy neighborhood of 4 years/$52 million.

Phillip Lindsay – Denver Broncos (RFA)
Age 26, 5’8”/190 lbs.
Stats: Games Played – 14, Speed – 4.39

Rushing:

Attempts – 118, Yards – 502, Yards Per Attempt – 4.3, Yards Per Game – 45.6, Touchdowns – 1, Fumbles – 0, 10+ Runs – 13

Receiving:

Targets – 14, Receptions – 7, Yards – 28, Touchdowns – 0, Yards Per Game – 2.5, Drops – 3

No. 37 PFF Position Ranking

Overall Grade 69.8 (Above Average), Rushing 77.7 (High Quality), Receiving 32.8 (Rookie), Pass Blocking 78.2 (High Quality), Run Blocking 62.9 (Average)

Not drafted by an NFL team, Phillip Lindsay had two-straight 1,000+ yard seasons in Denver to start his career. Last year, injuries cost Lindsay five games and a time share with Melvin Gordon ate into his production. Being only a restricted free agent probably keeps him in the Mile High city another season, but teams may take a flyer and still surrender a pick for such a talent.

Chris Carson – Seattle Seahawks
Age 26, 5’11”/222 lbs.
Stats: Games Played – 12, Speed: 4.6

Rushing:

Attempts – 141, Yards – 681, Yards Per Attempt – 4.8, Yards Per Game – 56.8, Touchdowns – 5, Fumbles – 1, 10+ Runs – 19

Receiving:

Targets – 46, Receptions – 37, Yards – 287, Yards Per Game 23.9, Touchdowns – 4, Drops – 3

No. 16 PFF Position Ranking

Overall Grade 78.1 (High Quality), Rushing 74.0 (Above Average), Receiving 82.3 (High Quality), Pass Blocking 34.0 (Rookie), Run Blocking 60.6 (Average)

Chris Carson only played 3/4ths of the 2020 season due to a foot injury and his play was solid, but not spectacular. Carson runs hard and catches the ball out of the backfield well. PFF projects $10 million per year for the Seattle rusher.

Mike Davis – Carolina Panthers
Age 28, 5’9”/221 lbs.
Stats: Games Played – 15, Speed – 4.6

Rushing:

Attempts – 165, Yards – 652, Yards Per Attempt – 3.9, Yards Per Game 42.8, Touchdowns – 6, Fumbles – 1, 10+ Runs – 14

Receiving:

Targets – 70, Receptions – 59, Yards – 373, Yards Per Game – 24.9, Touchdowns – 2, Drops – 3

No. 24 PFF Position Ranking

Overall Grade 75.0 (Above Average), Rushing 73.3 (Above Average), Receiving 73.1 (Above Average), Pass Blocking 51.7 (Below Average), Run Blocking 86.6 (Elite)

When Christian McCaffrey went down for a major chunk of the season in Carolina, Mike Davis filled in well. His pass catching is exceptional and his ability to make tacklers miss equated to a major part of his success. But Davis only averaged 3.9 YPC. He could catch on as a feature ball carrier in another NFL city, but teams (at a projected $4.5 million per year) may see Davis as a great option in a backup role.