The Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2020 season is now within the books, and it resulted in spectacular style—although the incorrect type of spectacular—in a dismal postseason defeat by the hands of the Cleveland Browns, sending them into an early offseason mode after going 12-4 within the common season and successful the AFC North for the primary time in three years.
After setting a franchise report by opening the yr on an 11-game successful streak, they adopted that up by shedding three video games in a row, going 1-4 within the remaining 5 video games, with solely a 17-point comeback staving off a five-game slide. However all the problems that they had within the common season confirmed up within the postseason that resulted of their early exit.
The one factor going through them now as they head into 2021 is extra questions, and proper now, they lack solutions. What is going to Ben Roethlisberger do, and what’s going to they do with him? What is going to the wage cap seem like? What number of free brokers are they going to lose? Who may they probably afford to retain? Who may they half methods with—not simply on the roster, but in addition on the teaching employees?
These are the types of questions amongst many others that we now have been exploring each day and can proceed to take action. Soccer has change into a year-round pastime and there may be at all times a query to be requested, although there may be hardly ever a concrete reply, as I’ve realized in my years of doing this.
Query: Will the Steelers discover a approach to hold Alejandro Villanueva?
Because it seems, whereas there have been some exceptions for sure, by and huge, I believe we will safely say that the league is coping with a depleted market proper now. Loads of gamers—notably talent place gamers it appears—are settling for one-year offers. Solely a relative handful of gamers are actually getting the massive offers which are usually anticipated, and even a few of these might be considered underwhelming.
The sort out market has not been overwhelmingly sturdy, and in reality some groups have most popular to commerce for a participant than to signal a free agent. Alejandro Villanueva stays a type of free brokers who’re nonetheless available on the market following six seasons because the Steelers’ left sort out.
There have been experiences that the Steelers are nonetheless excited about retaining him, and that does appear believable. After bringing again JuJu Smith-Schuster on a cap-friendly deal filled with void years, and information that they’re attempting to commerce Steven Nelson, they’ll create the cap area to do a deal much like what they gave the large receiver.
By now, it appears apparent that 2021 might be the ultimate trip for Ben Roethlisberger, and that might be influencing a number of selections, together with selections made by gamers. Maybe Villanueva want to end out Roethlisberger’s profession with him—after which return available on the market below more healthy financial circumstances subsequent yr.