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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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Faced with an aging — and high-priced — interior of the offensive line, the Pittsburgh Steelers began preparing for the future last year when they drafted guard Kevin Dotson in the fourth round.

The rookie from Louisiana was thrust into the lineup earlier than expected, making two starts in place of David DeCastro Jersey early in the season and two for Matt Feiler down the stretch while appearing in 13 games.

Dotson performed so well — he was graded the NFL’s top pass-blocking guard by Pro Football Focus (minimum 200 snaps) — that he is expected to start full time in 2021.

Feiler, who started at left guard after playing right tackle in 2019, will be an unrestricted free agent in March. He will be 29 next season and can use his first foray into free agency to get a life-changing contract the Steelers likely won’t match.

Dotson also is a safety measure for DeCastro, the six-time Pro Bowl and two-time, first-team All-Pro selection at right guard. DeCastro turned 31 this month and has one year left on his contract that totals nearly $14.3 million against the salary cap in 2021.

After the Steelers finished No. 32 in rushing, team president Art Rooney II said the organization is committed to fixing that problem. Offensive line coach Shaun Sarrett was fired, and it’s not unreasonable to think changes will be made to the position group.

Although DeCastro was named to the Pro Bowl for the sixth year in a row, he was given the third-worst run blocking grade (58 of 60) by Pro Football Focus. Feiler was No. 41. Maurkice Pouncey was rated No. 28 among 32 eligible centers.

The Steelers could use the No. 24 pick in the NFL Draft to further replenish the interior of the line, be it at guard or center, where Pouncey is at the crossroads of his 11-year career. Pouncey, who will be 32 before the start of the season, is contemplating retirement rather than return to play out the final year of his contract that carries a $14.475 salary cap figure.

J.C. Hassenauer got his first NFL playing time in 2020, starting three games at center and one at left guard. He is an exclusive-rights free agent and can be brought back on the NFL minimum salary. He is the only internal option at center if Pouncey retires.

The Steelers could address the interior via free agency once they get the salary cap figure for 2021 and rework or shed contracts to get compliant. They attempted to add depth that way last season when they signed Stefen Wisniewski Jersey to a two-year contract.

Wisniewski, though, was injured in the season opener and never played another down for the Steelers. He was released and resurfaced at his former home in Kansas City and is set to return to the Super Bowl with the Chiefs next weekend.

The Steelers also lost another guard to waivers when Derwin Gray Jersey was claimed by the Jacksonville Jaguars in December. Danny Isidora was added to the roster late in the season but never got into a game for the Steelers and is an unrestricted free agent.

The only other guard under contract is John Leglue, who also can play tackle. Signed to the practice squad after Gray’s departure, Leglue was in the Denver, New Orleans and Green Bay organizations but hasn’t played in an NFL game.

Offseason outlook: G/C

Returnees

Maurkice Pouncey Jersey, 1 year left on contract, $14,475,000 cap hit for 2021

David DeCastro, 1 year left on contract, $14,297,500 cap hit for 2021

Kevin Dotson Jersey, 3 years left on contract, $944,704 cap hit for 2021

Others under contract

John Leglue, 1 year left on contract, $660,000 cap hit for 2021

Free agents

Matt Feiler Jersey, unrestricted, $3.259 million cap hit for 2020

Danny Isidora, unrestricted, $145,588 cap hit for 2020

J.C. Hassenauer Jersey, exclusive rights, $610,000 cap hit for 2020

Tomorrow: Defensive line

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are facing a serious free-agent predicament when the new league year kicks off in March. The list of free agents is extensive and unfortunately there just isn’t enough money to go around.

Knowing there is zero change Pittsburgh signs them all back, here are my four priority guys to get back into the fold next season based on being budget-friendly and at the same time important to the team’s plans.

1-EDGE Bud Dupree

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There was a time when edge rusher Bud Dupree Jersey would have been nowhere on this list just based on what his asking price would be. But his ACL injury complicates things and could give the Steelers a shot to bring him back on a more cap-friendly deal.

2-OT Zach Banner Jersey

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The Steelers have to re-build their offensive line and offensive tackle Zach Banner could be key. He is another young player with a ton of potential and could be re-signed on the cheap after a knee injury.

3-OL Matt Feiler

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You can’t have a team full of All-Pros but Matt Feiler Jersey has proven to be a capable starter at multiple positions along the offensive line. Feiler is going to be one of those mid-tier free agents but his is worth it.

4-WR Ray-Ray McCloud Jersey

The Steelers have just scratched the surface of the potential of wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud. He is already entrenched as the team’s kick and punt returner but with Matt Canada running the offense next season, McCloud could become an explosive weapon on offense as well.