News broke this afternoon that Ex-Steelers Alejandro Villanueva will be signing a two-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens for $14 million dollars. I do want to say thank you for his service to the Country and to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the Baltimore Ravens overpaid in a big way for a declining offensive lineman. I am glad the Pittsburgh Steelers did not get into a bidding war with the Ravens over his services because Villanueva has been declining rapidly.
Villanueva is 32 years old and by the time he is done making up to $14 million dollars with the Ravens, he will be a 34-year-old offensive lineman. They overpaid him in a big way and hopefully, it catches up to the Ravens down the road. Alejandro was pretty decent in the run game, but he was often beat and at times manhandled at the line of scrimmage especially towards the end of the 2020 season with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Yinz may want to tell him that he is a traitor, but during the 2020 season, Alejandro Villanueva decided to get off of social media and get a flip phone. He was not the only one to go to a rival over the offseason as Mike Hilton did with the Cincinnati Bengals. Both were overpaid for their services and I'll be honest with you I am glad they got paid for what they think they're worth, but the Ravens did the Pittsburgh Steelers a favor by taking him off of their hands even though they seemed to want to keep him for whatever reason.
The bottom line is Villanueva had become a liability in Pittsburgh and it was time to say goodbye. So at the end of the day, it was a blessing in disguise that the Ravens overpaid for Villanueva's services which took him away from Pittsburgh. In the long run, this will help the Steeler's offensive line get much younger which is what the Steelers organization needs to start looking at doing.