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Steelers Pre-Free Agency Offensive Depth Chart



The Pittsburgh Steelers bowed out of the playoffs earlier than most fans expected, and that may be the tip of the iceberg for the start of a disappointing offseason for the team. Because of the pandemic, the NFL could not fill NFL stadiums that have crushed revenue split by owners and the players. To put this into perspective, the 2020 salary cap was $198.2 million and most league experts expect the 2021 salary cap to end up at $180 million, with the league and the NFLPA agreeing to a $175 million floor.

The six-time Super Bowl champions sit approximately $30 million over the cap and will have to make many hard decisions to get cap compliant by March 17, and even before those tough decisions need to be made, due to the team having so many starters hitting free agency, the team’s depth chart is barren of familiar talent at some positions.

Even the most diehard fan may not recognize some names listed on the offensive depth chart, because of the salary crunch, they are currently a part of the 2021 roster. Some of those players were late-season call ups from the practice squad, while others took their place on the practice squad or signed contracts after the Steelers bowed out of the playoffs.


Ben Roethlisberger, Mason Rudolph, Dwayne Haskins

UFA: Josh Dobbs


Benny Snell Jr., Anthony McFarland Jr., Jaylen Samuels, Trey Edmunds

UFA: James Conner


Derek Watt


Eric Ebron, Zach Gentry, Kevin Rader, Charles Jones, Dax Raymond

Retired: Vance McDonald


Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington (13), Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool (11) practice at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex preparing for a Week 7 matchup against the Tennessee Titans, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 in Pittsburgh, PA. (Caitlyn Epes / Pittsburgh Steelers)

Chase Claypool, Diontae Johnson, James Washington, Anthony Johnson, Cody White

UFA: JuJu Smith-Schuster
RFA: Ray-Ray McCloud


Chukwuma Okorafor, Jarron Jones, John Leglue, Brandon Walton

UFA: Zach Banner, Jerald Hawkins, Alejandro Villanueva


David DeCastro, Kevin Dotson, Anthony Coyle

UFA: Matt Feiler, Danny Isidora


Maurkice Pouncey

ERFA: J.C. Hassenauer