Alejandro Villanueva’s time in Pittsburgh has been filled with ups and downs. However, last season was one of the worst seasons for him as a player. He was constantly outplayed and was always being pushed back into the pocket.
If the Steelers could get him for a good deal, it might be worth bringing him back, however, the Left-Tackle market is just too crazy. According to Spotrac, his market value is at $16.6M a season. That is insane for a player of his age and his play.
Zach Banner is our answer at Tackle. He is the future, and he will be coming into this season healthy and ready for the high-level competition that he faces. All of that, for a bargain price of under $10M for two years.
The Steelers need to address their Offensive-Line woes; however, Alejandro is not the answer for the Steelers. I hope he can find another home and compete at a high level. I just do not think that should be in Pittsburgh.
The one good thing I have to say about Big Al is that he is a very durable player. He has not missed a game since 2015. He has been the Steelers iron-man and perhaps that is important to the Steelers and maybe Ben Roethlisberger would rather have him back than potentially lose him in Free-Agency.
Still, the best move here would be to let Alejandro walk and try to find that money elsewhere and try to build up our O-Line through other Free-Agents or strictly try to find someone in the draft.