Going into the 2021 offseason was going to be a nightmare for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They had very little cap and 15+ free agents going onto the open market. It was bad but not as bad as we thought it could have been. Although they did lose 5 starters on the defensive side of the ball and recently cut Steven Nelson. The Steelers will need to draft perfectly in order to overcome some of their key losses in the 2021 offseason.
Bleacher Report recently gave out grades to all 32 teams for their 2021 Free Agency Performance. They ended up giving the Steelers a B grade. Steeler's notable additions have been OT Joe Haeg, S Miles Killebrew, C BJ Finney, and WR Tyler Simmons. Bleacher says the Steelers could have had an ugly offseason, but they managed to retain many of their key free agents and are sitting pretty after a hectic week.
No team benefited the cold wide receiver market more than the Pittsburgh Steelers. This is a true statement because the Steelers have re-signed JuJu Smith-Schuster to a one-year deal for $8 million dollars. That is well below his estimated market value of $16.1 million dollars annually. Not only was that a great signing by the Steelers they still managed to re-sign Cam Sutton, Ray-Ray McCloud, Chris Wormley, and Zach Banner.
Although the Steelers did not bring in any big-name free agents that seem to be a common theme every season in regards to the Steelers and free agency. They typically are not big players in free agency. They build their team through the draft. Bleacher Report feels this offseason hasn't been one to win a Super Bowl, but these moves get the Steelers a step closer to one. The Steelers front office deserves to be commended for dealing with a tough offseason and doing it quite well.