Ben Roethlisberger

3 Players the Steelers Won't Be Able to Keep After Ben Roethlisberger Extension

Even at age 37, Ben Roethlisberger is one of the most productive quarterbacks in the league, and has played his way into yet another contract extension. While the Steelers were poised to go into the 2020 offseason with plenty of cap space after letting Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell go, Roethlisberger's deal has thrown a wrench into those proceedings. These three players could become cap casualties in Pittsburgh after the Big Ben's new deal.

3. OLB Bud Dupree

A free agent after this season, Dupree hasn't regressed since the Steelers used a first round pick on him out of Kentucky, but he also hasn't shown much signs of development. He has recorded between 4 and 6 sacks in each season he's played, and has never recorded more than 42 tackles. Still, he'll demand a pretty big payday, and the Steelers won't have the cash to keep him. 

2. CB Joe Haden

Joe Haden is already playing on a lucrative contract, earning $11.9 million in 2019. He's a corner who prides himself on speed, however he's begun to lose a step with age. The Steelers will need to rebuild their secondary with or without a Big Ben contract, which could result in Haden ending up on the chopping block. He's a free agent after this season, so this could be the curtain call for Haden's tenure in Pittsburgh.

1. OT Alejandro Villanueva

The Steelers have been blessed with one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, with All-Pro talents like Villanueva, Maurkice Pouncey and David DeCastro keeping Roethlisberger upright for years. Villanueva, who will turn 31 this season, is the most likely of the bunch to hit free agency, especially considering he doesn't carry a dead cap hit if the team opts against retaining him.