The Pittsburgh Steelers might have closed the door on Terrell Edmunds’ fifth 12 months possibility however they haven’t closed the e book on his long-term future as a member of the group. Edmunds spoke with the media earlier than at present’s necessary minicamp and talked about having his possibility 12 months declined.
In accordance with this tweet from Steelers.com’s Teresa Varley, Mike Tomlin referred to as to personally inform him the crew wasn’t going to choose up the fifth 12 months possibility that got here hooked up to his rookie 12 months. However he additionally famous Edmunds may have a future with the crew.
Right here’s the complete quote from Edmunds.
“Coach Tomlin, he referred to as me personally,” Edmunds advised reporters. “Simply advised me that he wasn’t going to choose my fifth 12 months possibility this 12 months. He advised me that that doesn’t imply that enterprise is over, however simply to remain motivated and are available out right here and do what I can. My feelings to it had been, it’s my contract 12 months now. So all the things is on a complete new degree. After this 12 months each sport is like an interview. So now you bought to guess on your self, you’ve obtained to double down on your self and simply put it within the laborious work.”
After all, you’d anticipate a coach to say that as at the very least a motivating tactic. Pittsburgh had fifth 12 months choices to resolve on a pair of gamers this 12 months: Edmunds and fellow security Minkah Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick’s possibility 12 months was picked up, a no brainer of a call, whereas Edmunds’ was declined.
In early Could, Kevin Colbert mentioned the explanation was cap-related.
“It was powerful to not do Terrell as a result of Terrell has performed some good issues. Final 12 months was most likely his greatest season, albeit previous to the shoulder harm, which restricted him actually the final three video games that he was lively for. So, we didn’t be ok with not tendering him, however once more, from a cap standpoint, we needed to be life like about what we might have the ability to deal with in a given 12 months. So, powerful resolution…it was actually all based mostly on wage cap and never his efficiency as a result of, once more, we expect final 12 months was his greatest 12 months.”
After all, if Edmunds had performed at a Fitzpatrick kind of degree, the cap issues would’ve magically gone away. Although the 2022 wage cap scenario is unsure, nobody is aware of what the cap quantity will likely be, the Steelers know they need to have an excellent quantity of area. Much more than that they had this offseason.
Clearly, the crew has been at the very least somewhat underwhelmed with Edmunds play since making him their first spherical choice in 2018. Edmunds has improved this sport and Colbert is true 2020 was his greatest season. He picked off two passes and vastly improved as a tackler, his missed tackles charge falling from 12% to shut to 9% (and even higher for a lot of the season, till the shoulder harm impacted him late within the 12 months). However Edmunds has lacked playmaking and canopy capability and the Steelers presumably wish to see extra from him in that regard earlier than throwing a substantial sum of money his method.
Edmunds went on to say he’d love to stay in Pittsburgh.
“After all, I’d love to return again to Steelers’ Nation. I imply, they’re the those who gave me the chance to change into an NFL participant, made all my goals come true. Undoubtedly I’m nonetheless open for subsequent 12 months. Possibly we will make one thing occur.”
Whereas it’s potential Edmunds may play properly sufficient this season to earn a contract extension from the crew, the actual fact they declined his possibility is an ominous signal. Usually, the gamers who don’t have their choices picked up are taking part in elsewhere the next season. Granted, it’s often as a result of the participant has been a flat-out bust and Edmunds actually isn’t that. However he’ll should take large leaps in his sport, or be prepared to take a team-friendly contract, to return in 2022.