The Pittsburgh Steelers have started to make some offseason moves yesterday. They signed Ben Roethlisberger to a new one-year contract and re-signed J.C. Hassenauer. In fact, the exclusive rights tender that was signed by Hassenauer is one where the player has no negotiating power. It is up to the team to sign the player and it is for the league minimum.
This is good news to sign a player at the league minimum for the Steelers because their cap is very limited heading into 2021. The Steelers desperately need help at the Center position after Maurkice Pouncey has retired after the 2020 season. This is a no-brainer for the Steelers to bring back Hassenauer. One domino has now fallen in regards to the Steelers Center position and know that Hassenauer is simply a depth signing. Look for the Steelers to sign a veteran center or rookie center in the 2021 NFL draft.
In my opinion, it would be best if the Steelers added a veteran center prior to heading into the 2021 NFL draft because it will help take off pressure at a position of need going into the draft. That would help the Steelers focus solely on other positions of need. Also, you would want a veteran center who has experience already in the NFL to help Ben Roethlisberger out in 2021. The Steelers can add a center down the road when Ben Roethlisberger retires. A few names the Steelers can look at are Nick Martin, David Andrews, Alex Mack, and Austin Reiter.