4. Pittsburgh Steelers
For the first time since 2003, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will not be on a roster of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 18-year veteran leaves quite the playing legacy, ranking fifth in passing yards (64,088) and eighth in touchdown passes (419) in NFL annals. He led the club to three Super Bowls and emerged with two Lombardi Trophies.
So the search is on for a new starter behind center. Could the answer already be on the roster (Mason Rudolph or Dwayne Haskins)? Will general manager Kevin Colbert seek the answer in free agency, via trade, or in the draft? Or maybe a combination of both?
There are other changes. The new defensive coordinator is Teryl Austin, promoted from within. But there’s also a new defensive mind on the staff in former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores. And perhaps the biggest change comes financially in the form of salary-cap room, not seen in the Steel City in quite some time.
For all of their questions marks and issues, this team has managed to make it to the playoffs the past two years. But the Steelers have also been humbled in their last four postseason games. And there will be a new mind in the front office as Colbert will have a reduced or no role with the team following the draft.