Will Aaron Rodgers be the next starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers? After the Green Bay Packers’ Divisional Round loss to the San Francisco 49ers, it certainly looked like maybe.
Rodgers made it clear after the game that his next team won’t be the one to do it again.
“I don’t want to be part of a rebuild if I want to keep playing,” Rodgers said.
Now the quarterback was talking about staying with the Packers and how many free agents the team has to deal with this offseason. However, if that means he’s considering leaving, that same quote applies to the Steelers.
Pittsburgh is in the midst of rebuilding, but maybe not as drastic as many others.
The Steelers need to figure out their inside linebacker position, hope Stephon Tuitt and Tyson Alualu will be available next season, and will figure out the offensive line. If you add Rodgers to that mix, there’s no need to talk about a quarterback anymore.
While having to dramatically improve three parts of your defense is a daunting task to accomplish in a single offseason, the Steelers have the capability.
Pittsburgh is expected to have about $41 million in cap space this spring. After signing Minkah Fitzpatrick and possibly Terrell Edmunds, Ahkello Witherspoon and JuJu Smith-Schuster, they will still be looking for a big change to go find a proven veteran in one of their needed positions.
Then the 20th pick in the draft becomes much more incisive knowing that the quarterback position is locked.
It’s still a rebuild, but much less a rebuild with the biggest piece of the puzzle in place.
Now, obviously, Green Bay seems like the first option for Rodgers, but if that doesn’t work out, don’t rule out the Steelers. At least not yet.
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