Go East Young Man!
NFL Free Agency is like Christmas to players who have earned the right to shop their talents to the highest bidder. The Steelers had two players primed to cash in and as expected they did and they will.
Javon Hargrave got the pay deserving of an emerging star when relocated across state and signed with the Philadelphia Eagles for three years and $39 million. The deal makes him the league's highest paid nose tackle. The former South Carolina State Bulldog gets to pocket $26 million fully guaranteed. While he leaves a gaping hole in the Steelers defense, the Eagles plug a gap in theirs with a guy who can be a mainstay for years. Hargrave just turned 27 in February.
He may not get the long-term contract right now, but linebacker Bud Dupree's value increased when the Steelers put the franchise tag on him. The price is $15.8 million. It was imperative that Bud be brought back because he is one of the team's trifecta of players key to their defensive dominance. TJ Watt and Minkah Fitzpatrick are the others.
Veteran Mark Barron was shown the door after just one season and that means they will be in the market via free agency or the draft for another player who has starting ability in the back seven.
Mike Tomlin's defense will find it a challenge to repeat their 2019 success.
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