State of the Steelers: 2022 Overall Offseason Resources
The 2021 NFL season officially came to a close with the Los Angeles Rams’ victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI on Sunday night.
With that, the 2022 offseason is on deck, with what is expected to be a slate full of significant changes for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are interviewing candidates for a new general manager, have already replaced defensive coordinator Keith Butler with Teryl Austin, and will spend most of the rest of the offseason with the top priority being replacing retired quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
To start the offseason, Steelers Now is taking a look at the state of the team, from free agency, to the salary cap, to the draft, and the current status of the 90-man offseason roster.
STEELERS 2022 DRAFT SELECTIONS
STEELERS 2022 SALARY CAP SITUATION
Unlike some recent offseasons, the Pittsburgh Steelers have some salary cap space entering 2022 free agency. They also have essentially their full complement of draft picks.
But do they have enough resources to, in one offseason, replace franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and deal with the pending loss of a half-dozen key free agents? That will be the tough part of the job for Kevin Colbert and company.
Because while the Steelers do have some cap space and do have seven draft picks, starting with No. 20 overall, late in the first round, the team’s overall offseason resources are merely in the middle of the pack.
According to research by overthecap.com, the Steelers have the 15th-most overall offseason resources among NFL teams. The report takes into account effective salary cap space, which is cap space with draft picks factored in, draft capital using the Fitzgerald-Spielberger point chart to value draft picks and potential snaps lost to free agency.
The Steelers ranked ninth in effective salary cap space, 22nd in draft capital, and 17th in potential snaps lost to free agency. A big factor in the potential snaps lost category is quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement, which adds a big percentage to that category as a whole.
Tied with the Steelers at No. 15 is the New Orleans Saints, as they have the third most returning snaps and a good amount of draft capital to counter their issues with effective salary cap space.
The New York Jets rank at No. 1 due to their effective cap space and draft capital and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rank in last at No. 32 because of their little amount of effective cap space, lack of draft capital and a high number of potential snaps lost to free agency.