The Steelers wasted no time after Super Bowl LVIII and made several cuts on Monday. But did they make a mistake in their first round of releases to start the offseason?
According to NFL Network Tom PelissaroPittsburgh releases QB Mitchell Trubisky, offensive tackle Chukwuma Okorafor and running back Pressley Harvin III. The cuts saved the team $12.65 million in cap space, absorbing $7.7 million in dead money.
The Steelers were expected to make several moves before being fired in March as they enter the offseason $15.66 million above the salary cap, per Professional focus on football.
However, some, like Mark Kaboly of The Athletic, believe that Pittsburgh released one player far too early.
“You Can't Convince Me That the Steelers Couldn't Have Selected Chuks in the Draft Before the New League Year Started” Kaboly posted on X
Okorafor, a third-round pick of the Steelers in 2018, has allowed just two sacks in 2023. PFF. This sample size covered just half of the season, when he was benched in Week 8 for allegedly “role playing” but Pittsburgh could try to trade him for some draft compensation.
It's unlikely the Steelers would get a ton in return, especially playing on the three-year, $29.25 million contract he signed in 2022. However, in the offseason they traded struggling offensive lineman Kevin Dotson and Kendrick Green for about half. late round picks.
The 26-year-old from Pittsburgh's departure was only a matter of time after he publicly stated that he regretted leaving the team.
“If I had known this would be the case, I probably wouldn't have chosen to come back here,” Okorafor said. “But there was nothing I could do about it at that point.”