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Steelers Pre-Free Agency Offensive Depth Chart

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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.

QUARTERBACK

Ben Roethlisberger, Mason Rudolph, Dwayne Haskins

UFA: Josh Dobbs

RUNNING BACK

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

UFA: James Conner

FULLBACK

Derek Watt

TIGHT END

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

Retired: Vance McDonald

WIDE RECEIVER

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

TACKLE

Chukwuma Okorafor, Jarron Jones, John Leglue, Brandon Walton

UFA: Zach Banner, Jerald Hawkins, Alejandro Villanueva

GUARD

David DeCastro, Kevin Dotson, Anthony Coyle

UFA: Matt Feiler, Danny Isidora

CENTER

Maurkice Pouncey

ERFA: J.C. Hassenauer

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Should Steelers Sign Zach Banner to be Starter in 2021?

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Zach Banner has become a prominent member of the Steelers, but that’s not because he’s had success on the field over the past year. Banner’s success has come off the field by connecting with fans on social media and doing his part to help those in need than he has on a football field. But by no means is that Banner’s fault.

He suffered a season ending torn ACL in Week 1 of the 2020 season. This injury was especially devastating for the USC product because it occurred on the heels of Banner winning the starting right tackle position following a tough training camp battle with Chukwuma Okorafor.

Due to Banner’s injury, it was Okorafor who ended up starting 16 games, including the postseason. While Banner kept in good spirits and became his team’s loudest cheerleader on Twitter during games, it was clear he wanted to be on the field and contributing.

Earning a starting spot as a member of the Steelers offensive line was a major career achievement for Banner, but it was one he didn’t get to enjoy. With Banner expected to be ready for a return next season, should the Steelers sign the 27-year-old with the anticipation that he could be a key piece to bolster the offensive line that was missing during the 2020 season?

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Zach Banner Announces Self-imposed Social Media Ban Until he Signs New Deal

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Zach Banner is sending a clear message about his priorities ahead of the 2021 NFL season. Banner, who is a free agent and looking for a new deal with the Steelers, tweeted that he is going to stay off social media until he officially signs on the dotted line.

Zach Banner has become a prominent member of the Steelers, but that’s not because he’s had success on the field over the past year. Banner’s success has come off the field by connecting with fans on social media and doing his part to help those in need than he has on a football field. But by no means is that Banner’s fault. He suffered a season ending torn ACL in Week 1 of the 2020 season. This injury was especially devastating for the USC product because it occurred on the heels of Banner winning the starting right tackle position following a tough training camp battle with Chukwuma Okorafor.

Due to Banner’s injury, it was Okorafor who ended up starting 16 games, including the postseason. While Banner kept in good spirits and became his team’s loudest cheerleader on Twitter during games, it was clear he wanted to be on the field and contributing.

Earning a starting spot as a member of the Steelers offensive line was a major career achievement for Banner, but it was one he didn’t get to enjoy. Banner now hopes to return to Pittsburgh and be the missing piece the Steelers offensive line desperately needs.

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Rooney: Steelers Plan to Return to St. Vincent for 2021 Training Camp

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There is plenty that remains up in the air about the 2021 NFL offseason, but the Pittsburgh Steelers still have plans to resume one of their enduring traditions that was broken by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

The Steelers were forced to forgo their trip to the campus of St. Vincent College near Latrobe, Pennsylvania in 2020 due to the NFL’s rules regarding keeping players isolated during the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s unclear how much those restrictions will change for the NFL teams this summer, but as things stand as of today, the Steelers are still making plans to return to the Laurel Highlands for the team’s annual training camp this summer.

“As we sit here today, our plan is to have training camp in Latrobe,” team president Art Rooney II said to Steelers.com on Friday. “We still have a ways to go to get there, but I think there’s a pretty good chance that’s going to be able to happen. We’re still hopeful we’re going to have some form of offseason program, and it’s probably not going to start on time but I think it’s important particularly for the young players that we get back to having an offseason program and then a full training camp and preseason games. I think we need to have that to help the young players continue to develop.”

Displaced from their usual bucolic summer home and from UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side due to capacity limitations, the Steelers spent the 2020 training camp and preseason at Heinz Field.

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