The Pittsburgh Steelers Offseason
2022 Dream Draft Pick: Kenyon Green
The Pittsburgh Steelers might want one of the quarterbacks to fall in the draft, whomever that may be, but the player at the top of their wish list could be Kenyon Green out of Texas A&M whose regarded as the #1 guard in the draft and certainly the best run blocker among interior lineman. The rock solid interior offensive line of the Pittsburgh has crumbled with David Decastro and Maurkice Pouncey retiring and finding someone that can help bolster the interior might be a bigger need than drafting quarterback. Kenyon Green is an immediate impact player if chosen by the Steelers and certainly be a major upgrade in the run game.
The To-Do List
Get heavily in the trade market for a quarterback
The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback in Ben Roelthisberger has ridden off into the sunset and the Steelers now have a void at the most important position on the team and with the 20th pick in the draft the Steelers would likely be getting the scraps from the quarterback class that isn't very good to begin with and Pittsburgh needs to think about trading for a quarterback and luckily for them, the quarterback trade market is very enticing with Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, and Jimmy Garopollo reportedly being available. The Pittsburgh Steelers are in a win-now scenario as this team somehow made the playoffs with Roelthisberger limping his way into making plays and with new blood and a much higher level of productivity at the position, this team could make a serious run in the playoffs. Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback available, if the rumors are true, and the Steelers would be wise to give up give at three years of 1st round picks at the very least to bring in the future HOFer onto the squad. The Steelers have the receivers to make a playoff push, they have the defense that can cause absolute mayhem on a regular basis, and a future hall of fame head coach in Mike Tomlin whose had great success with and without his former quarterback. Aaron Rodgers would be one of the best quarterbacks to ever play in Pittsburgh right behind Terry Bradshaw and would make the Pittsburgh Steelers a Super Bowl favorite with his arrival. If Rodgers ends up going to Denver, which is reportedly the heavy favorite to land him, Russell Wilson is a great option #2 despite coming off of a losing season in Seattle. Wilson is an elite quarterback whose time in Seattle appears to be coming to an end and he has been sending signals to NFL teams that he would like to potentially play elsewhere. Russell Wilson would absolutely change life in Pittsburgh as he's still one of the best leaders at the quarterback position and has the Super Bowl pedigree and playoff success team covet at the position and yes he would cost more than a couple first round picks but to get a future HOFer on your team whose still in his prime years would be worth it and considering that he's coming off of a bad 2021 season, he'd be a cheaper option than Rodgers and probably would last longer in the NFL as Rodgers starts to hit 40 yrs of age. Jimmy Garopollo would be a consolation prize for the Steelers and while it wouldn't give the fan base the immense optimism as the aforementioned other quarterbacks but he would be a better option than Ben Roelthisberger was in 2021 and he has proven himself to be a good playoff quarterback. The upside here is that Garopollo wouldn't cost a tremendous amount and if the Steelers were willing to give up a Day 2 pick to bring him in, the 49ers would probably jump on the offer. The Steelers can't afford to go into this draft with quarterback still being an issue as this team has certainly picked quarterbacks before and they now find themselves on other teams and getting a successful and highly reliable veteran at the position should be their top priority.
Resign Mikah Fitzpatrick
The moment Minkah Fitzpatrick arrived in Pittsburgh his play went from pretty good to elite in literally his 2nd year in the league and Miami has to be kicking themselves for not creating a better relationship with one of the best defensive backs in the NFL Fitzpatrick has allowed the Steelers to be a bit lackadaisical in fixing the cornerback and safety position in the draft and even though he has a year left on his rookie deal, the Steelers should be preemptive and sign long-term immediately. Fitzpatrick is the foundation of the Pittsburgh secondary with no close second when it comes to his productivity. I firmly believe that Fitzpatrick is one of the most important players on this team behind T.J. Watt off the edge and if the Steelers want any success in the future, they need to resign him quickly. Minkah Fitzpatrick is one of those players that you don't let sniff free agency or even have to call up his agents and bargain for a deal because his importance to the team is clear and present. He'll at least cost around $15,000,000 per year to retain but he's well worth that price and getting him locked in for 5 or 6 years would be a very wise decision by upper management.
Get a quality offensive lineman
The Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line struggled mightily in 2021 and right behind quarterback as their biggest need is the need for offensive lineman. If the Steelers go after one of the top quarterbacks available in the trade market they probably won't have the draft picks to replace some offensive lineman through the draft unless they get lucky and grab a very good player later or hope that somebody falls to them but they have excellent cap space to go after a free agent and if a Brandon Scherff or an Andrew Norwell is available to sign the Steelers need to aggressively go after them. Brandon Scherff is coming off of a pro bowl year and would fit tremendously into the Pittsburgh Steelers lineup and he may end up leaving the Washington Commanders to greener pastures and if Pittsburgh gets Rodgers or Wilson at the quarterback position, they become the greenest pasture in the NFL. Brandon Scherff's play would be exponentially better in Pittsburgh as he would have a very good running back in Najee Harris toting the rock as well as a quarterback that can escape the pocket with ease and make plays with Scherff having to give him a tremendous amount of time. Norwell would experience the same level of improved player but on a lesser scale considering that he's not the pro bowl lineman that he once was. The Steelers made their bones in the NFL the last decade with elite offensive line play and while I don't expect them to have 3 pro bowlers on the line plowing open holes in the trenches, just getting one or two very productive lineman could flip this team into a Super Bowl contender very quickly.