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Pittsburgh Steelers Free Agency: Steelers Free Agents 2022

It has been an interesting start to the offseason for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They are still looking for a general manager replacement for after the 2022 NFL Draft. Pittsburgh also needs a new starting quarterback. There were also coaching changes, including the addition of Brian Flores. But now, the focus is set on the Pittsburgh Steelers free agency.

Below, we will look at the Steelers’ cap space to see how much they have to spend. However, teams can now manipulate the cap to sign nearly any player they would like. We will also go over other Pittsburgh Steelers free agency information, including their own 2022 free agents and define what each type of free agent is.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Cap Space | NFL Free Agency

As of March 10th, the Pittsburgh Steelers cap space ranks near the top of the NFL. They have roughly $28.8 million in cap space. This will make it easier to re-sign the Pittsburgh Steelers free agents they want. It could also be useful in their pursuit of a new starting quarterback.

Pittsburgh Steelers Free Agents 2022

The following are the 2022 Pittsburgh Steelers free agents as of March 10th.

PlayerPos2022 TeamTypeSnaps
Terrell EdmundsSUFA98.20%
Trai TurnerRGUFA92.40%
Chukwuma OkoraforRTUFA92.00%
Ben RoethlisbergerQBUFA91.70%
Joe HadenCBUFA54.00%
Ray-Ray McCloudWRUFA45.90%
James WashingtonWRUFA40.90%
Arthur MauletCBUFA32.50%
Ahkello WitherspoonCBUFA31.60%
Robert SpillaneLBRFA29.70%
Montravius AdamsIDLUFA25.00%
J.C. HassenauerCERFA23.50%
Eric EbronTEUFA21.00%
JuJu Smith-SchusterWRUFA18.90%
Taco CharltonEDGEUFA18.50%
B.J. FinneyCUFA7.40%
Kalen BallageRBUFA5.50%
Marcus AllenLBRFA5.30%
Miles KillebrewLBUFA3.80%
Corliss WaitmanPBroncosSigned2.20%
Christian KuntzLSSteelersSigned0.40%
Joshua DobbsQBUFA0.00%
Dwayne HaskinsQBRFA0.00%
Demarcus ChristmasIDLERFA0.00%
DeMarkus AcyCBERFA0.00%

Defining the Type of NFL Free Agents

Unrestricted Free Agents

An unrestricted free agent (UFA) can freely talk to or sign with any team after the start of the new league year. Any player with four or more accrued seasons in the NFL can be a UFA.

The net loss and gain of UFAs for a team are used to calculate the next season’s compensatory draft picks, but no other compensation is available to a team that sees a player leave as a UFA.

Restricted Free Agents

A player must have three accrued NFL seasons to be a restricted free agent (RFA). Before the new league year begins, a team can place one of three tenders on a restricted free agent (first, second or original-round tender). Essentially, this gives the player the option to return to the team on a one-year deal.

The RFA is allowed to seek deals with other teams, but the tendering team (original team) has the opportunity to match the offer and keep them. If the tendering team doesn’t match the offer, the signing team may need to give a draft pick according to the level of tender used on the player.

Exclusive-Rights Free Agents

Exclusive-rights free agency (ERFA) is only eligible to players who have two or fewer NFL seasons accrued. Teams can use an ERFA tender to any of these players before the start of the new league year, and it stops the player from negotiating contracts with other teams. The player can sign the tender, which is a one-year deal at their position’s minimum salary, or they can negotiate for a longer extension.

Finally, RFAs or ERFAs who do not receive a tender before the league year begins become “street free agents.” Street free agents have the same rights as UFAs, but they are not counted in the compensatory pick formula.

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