The Pittsburgh Steelers are looking forward to a busy offseason in regards to free agency. JuJu Smith-Schuster is set to be a free agent and TJ Watt is looking to get paid. Thank God the Steelers still have some years left with Minkah Fitzpatrick because that could become a Cap Casualty if they had to look at resigning him all in the same year. It has yet to be seen if the Steelers will keep JuJu-Smith Schuster, but they should definitely keep TJ Watt. No questions about it.
Ben Roethlisberger has had a struggling offense most of the 2020 season, but it doesn't look like it is all on him. Randy Fichtner has not been a good offensive coordinator all season and it looks like Fichtner will be riding off into the sunset once his contract expires this offseason. The Steelers have some tough decisions to make in the offseason, but it will keep us all busy during the dreadful offseason of the NFL.
Recently Jeremy Fowler had a story on an NFL Executive's take on Sam Darnold. The article suggests the Steelers will keep Ben Roethlisberger for one more year, but trade for Sam Darnold in 2021. This will put a much-needed focus on the quarterback for the future of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Fowler suggests the Steelers don't feel like Ben Roethlisberger is done, but they feel like something is off. The Steelers will have a decision to make if they want to extend Ben Roethlisberger to spread out his cap hit of $41.25 million next season.
The Anonymous Executive said: “Darnold needs to be repaired and that would help a team buy low,” the exec said. “It probably wouldn’t cost a team much draft capital, and he could use a year behind the scenes with an established organization, but there’s still talent there. A lot of people are high on his skill set. That’s a setup that would keep Roethlisberger and the Steelers together without the long-term commitment.”
Fowler goes onto say many NFL executives feel the Jets will get their quarterback of the future in the 2021 NFL Draft. Although they have fallen out of the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes. Another NFL executive feels Sam Darnold would fit better with the 49ers in a play-action-heavy offense. Whatever the case may be with Sam Darnold many NFL executives feel Darnold will be on the move in the offseason in 2021.
The Pittsburgh Steelers would fit Sam Darnold more than any other free agent in the 2021 free-agent market and would be a great addition to the team. This would allow Darnold to develop even more behind Ben Roethlisberger and once Ben retires he can go ahead and hand the keys off to the quarterback of the future. The Steelers could also decide to move up in the 2021 draft and draft their own quarterback of the future as well. Only time will tell what the Steelers decide, but they better do it soon because time is ticking.