The Pittsburgh Steelers were a very dramatic team in 2018 and for most of the off season up to this point. Wide receiver Antonio Brown was creating a ton of drama. Ultimately, he was traded to the Oakland Raiders for a 2019 third-round pick and a 2019 fifth-round pick.
Brown is the best receiver in the league. He got his wish in wanting out of Pittsburgh. I think Antonio Brown was behaving this way because he has possible early signs of CTE. A lot of Steelers fans have mentioned that.
Le’Veon Bell sat out the entire 2018 season and he signed with the New York Jets for four years worth $61 million. Pittsburgh will be just fine at running back because of James Conner and Jaylen Samuels.
Conner is one of the fan favorites in Pittsburgh and so is wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. Smith-Schuster will now be the number one receiver. It is quite possible he faces a ton of double teams with Brown not being around anymore.
James Washington will be used more often next season and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger loves to throw the deep ball. It is quite possible the Steelers draft another wide receiver with one of their 10 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. They also signed former Colts receiver Donte Moncrief to a two-year deal.
Tight end Jesse James left for the Detroit Lions in free agency and he is glad to not be around the drama anymore.
Speaking of drama, that is what Pittsburgh wants to strive for in 2019 and beyond. They want to be a team that has a bunch of character who can play together.
The Steelers had a good front seven last season, but they need help on the back end in the worst way. They signed defensive back Stephen Nelson to a three-year deal. Pittsburgh will most likely draft a cornerback in the first-round. Players like Georgia’s DeAndre Baker or Washington’s Byron Murphy should be available with the 20th pick.
With the rise of the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens winning the AFC North last season, the Pittsburgh Steelers will feel the heat to get back to the playoffs in 2019. Head Coach Mike Tomlin could very well be on the hot seat.
Pittsburgh could also very well be doubted to make the playoffs in 2019. That is something they might be fine with because it could potentially take away the hype from them and they can just focus on the task at hand. That is, of course, returning to the playoffs next season.