1. Pittsburgh Steelers
Of all the teams on this list, the Pittsburgh Steelers are the one with the worst cap shape. They are currently $30 million over the cap and will have to cut a few players and do some contract-restructuring just to get out of the red.
Once the Steelers fix their finances, they will have to decide which pending free agents they will have to keep. Outside linebacker Bud Dupree, left guard Matt Feiler, backup offensive tackle Zach Banner and left tackle Alejandro Villanueva are all scheduled to become free agents.
Pittsburgh has plenty of money committed to their front seven, so the odds of moving on from Dupree are high. Meanwhile, Villanueva is projected to get a three-year $45 million contract in the open market. Other teams can easily outbid the Steelers and offer the Mississippi native that kind of deal.
Villanueva is aware his stint in the ‘Steel City’ may be near the end, and head coach Mike Tomlin recently told Banner that he is his answer for 2021, which could mean that the Steelers will prioritize keeping him as a replacement for Villanueva. However, he’s recovering from an ACL injury and Cam Robinson could be a better option at left tackle.