Steelers could be forced to move on without Ziggy Hood, Emmanuel Sanders and Jason Worlids
Today if the salary cap is in fact set at 132.3 million dollars it will help the Steelers, but it will not solve their cap issue. The team is an older team on defense and they are lacking playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. With the cap rising it could help them, but they could lose three players that they brought in as the future of the franchise.
Emmanuel Sanders the fourth-year veteran had a solid season after cracking the starting lineup in 2013. Sanders established career-highs across the board, including six touchdown catches, but he also had some key drops. Don’t be surprised though if a team is willing to pay him in the $5 million a season range a year especially after Riley Cooper just inked a five deal.
Ziggy Hood the Steelers’ first-round pick in 2009 has not lived up to expectations though it would be unfair to call him a bust. Hood is one of the strongest players on the team, and he is the epitome of an effort-guy, but he lacks the athleticism to consistently push the pocket or chase down opposing backs when a play is run away from his side of the defense. Since being beat out of his job by Cameron Heyward, I highly doubt the team re-signs Hood.
Jason Worlids is about to get paid, the guy is a freak and YOUNG. I think the Steelers would be crazy to let him walk, but when you look at guys that have been getting big time pay days, he is set to get some cash. The Vikings’ defensive end Brian Robison signed a four-year, $28.3 million contract last October with more than $12 million guaranteed. Robison has been more productive than Worilds — he has 25 1/2 sacks in the last three seasons — but Worilds only turns 26 on Monday while Robison is 30.
The Steelers will have to draft well to replace these guys, but they have proven it in the past they can always make it happen.