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Pittsburgh Steelers, one of five teams facing decisive seasons

By on July 4, 2021 0

The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of five teams facing a breakthrough season, according to the Bleacher report.

Chris Roling of BR has named the Steelers, along with the Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals and New Orleans Saints, as five teams facing do or die seasons. Roling says team cap situations and the current roster are the tools to decide who is up against in the end.

The clock on Big Ben keeps ticking.

Now 39, working with a surgically repaired throwing elbow, Ben Roethlisberger is in what appears to be his final year with the Pittsburgh Steelers. It doesn’t help that last year a now winning core got an 11-0 to start the season before finishing 1-4 in the home stretch. The last game was a brutal loss to the Cleveland Browns in the playoffs.

From this point of view, things already seem to be declining. The Steelers lost franchise linebacker Bud Dupree in free agency and cut offensive line stalwart David DeCastro, so you could argue Big Ben may have to do more big jobs than usual.

If Roethlisberger falters, the Steelers are well positioned to have around $ 76 million in the free ceiling space in 2022. This is the main reconstruction territory if the franchise quarterback does not return and assets like JuJu Smith-Schuster choose to play elsewhere in free agency.

The Steelers replaced Dupree and DeCastro with free agent Trai Turner and second-year rusher Alex Highsmith.

Roling points to Mason Rudolph and the next era of the quarterback as the deciding factor in the Steelers’ long-term success. Still, he doesn’t seem overly confident that Pittsburgh can keep the train moving for much longer without a rebuild.

Noah Strackbein is an editor at AllSteelers. Follow Noé on Twitter @NoahStrack, and AllSteelers @si_steelers.

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