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The Pittsburgh Steelers have some very clear roster needs heading into free agency. Thanks to the cut in the salary cap, most of the team’s top players will be signing elsewhere and with multiple offseason retirements, There are several spots Pittsburgh must fill.
We took a look at the six biggest vacancies on the roster based on our projections of what will happen in free agency and decided if we think it will be a veteran or rookie to fill the void.
Starting left tackle
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Assuming the Steelers aren't going to invest in Alejandro Villanueva, we like a healthy Zach Banner to take his spot in the starting lineup.
Starting left guard
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Whether or not Matt Feiler is re-signed, the time is now for Kevin Dotson to be the team's starting left guard.
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Despite the fact I do believe the Steelers will spend an early pick on a center, for 2021 I look for a veteran to fill the void while the team still has Ben Roethlisberger.
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I have come around to the idea that the Steelers are going to finally commit a day-two draft pick on a modern, athletic tight end to play alongside Eric Ebron.
Starting running back
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First off, I am not ruling out a return by James Conner. But even if he does come back I look for a different veteran back to be the lead back. It could be Anthony McFarland Jr. based on his familiarity with new offensive coordinator Matt Canada's offense.
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Just based on his Twitter account, it's a foregone conclusion that Mike Hilton is not going to be returning to the Steelers. When Hilton goes off to greener pastures, the need to replace him becomes key. This means the Steelers will need to be sure they re-sign Cameron Sutton as the team's third-best cornerback.