3 moves the Steelers need to make during the 2022 NFL offseason

The Pittsburgh Steelers will enter a new era in the 2022 season. Legendary quarterback Ben Roethlisberger finally announced his retirement after a playoff loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, leaving the Steelers without their franchise signal caller. The rest of the roster is geared towards making the playoffs, so this offseason is a chance to push the roster over the edge into the competition. General Manager Kevin Colbert will likely be looking to make some big moves in his final offseason as GM, so this should be an exciting couple of months for the Steelers.

Here are the three steps the Steelers need to take during the 2022 NFL offseason.

3. Keep Trai Turner

If there’s one part of this roster that needs help, it’s the offensive line. The unit played terribly for most of last season, and now Turner and right-start attacking Chukwuma Okorafor are both hired as free agents. Turner was one of the few viable linemen the Steelers had last season, so re-signing him is crucial. The former Carolina Panther gave up just two sacks all year to go along with three penalties. He‘s an early caliber player that Pittsburgh needs to have back.

The offensive line without Turner looks bleak at best. Backup John Leglue is likely to step in for Turner, while Joe Haeg starts with the right tackle in Okorafor’s absence. The rest of the offensive line did poorly last season and they’re not exactly young players with a lot of room for improvement. Without Turner, this group could be the worst offensive line in football.

2nd draft Derek Stingley Jr.

Pittsburgh’s defense has been hit by a variety of departures this offseason, including two of their cornerbacks. Joe Haden and Ahkello Weatherspoon are both free agents, leaving the Steelers thin at the back end. That leaves Pittsburgh in the starting XI with Cameron Sutton and Justin Layne as cornerbacks. Sutton is a solid player, but Layne has yet to catch any significant snaps in the NFL. Using those two on the corner would likely end horribly for the Steelers.

All of Pittsburgh’s problems at cornerback can be solved by drafting LSU star Derek Stingley Jr. Stingley had an absolutely incredible rookie campaign for the Tigers, but injuries and inconsistent play have plagued him ever since. The fact that he’s still a unanimous first-round pick despite two average seasons should speak to his potential. There will obviously be growing pains, but Stingley’s selection should secure at least a cornerback spot for the next four years. There’s a very good chance he’ll be available when the Steelers hit the clock with their 20th overall.

1. Trade for Jimmy Garoppolo

It’s a risky move, but one the Steelers should pull the trigger. The San Francisco 49ers have made it clear that Garoppolo is on the way out as a regular and Pittsburgh need to capitalize on it. Garoppolo is reaping plenty of flak for his playoff performance this season, but the fact of the matter is he’s been a quality starter all season. He threw for 3,810 yards, 20 points, 12 picks, and a 53.3 QBR, which was good for 13th in the league. More important than stats is the fact that he successfully executed the offense he led. There’s a strong supporting cast in Pittsburgh and a great coaching staff. Garoppolo has shown he needs certain circumstances to be successful and the Steelers can provide those circumstances. A second round pick along with a few more mid-round picks might do the job.

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