Pittsburgh Steelers: Making Tough Roster Moves Key to Future

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Pittsburgh Steelers: Making Tough Roster Moves Key to Future
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The normal Steelers fans' offseason consists of worrying about who the Black and Gold are going to lose in the upcoming free-agent frenzy.

Because of an unprecedented 2011 offseason, one that saw the Steelers give new contracts to LaMarr Woodley, Troy Polamalu and Lawrence Timmons, the Steelers are in great shape heading into the 2012 offseason.

Yes, they do need to reduce their salary by nearly $25 million between being over the cap and to sign free agents/draft picks. But, after the following moves are made, that should not be too much of a problem.

Because the actual cap number for 2012 has not been reported as of yet and won't be until near the Super Bowl, there is no way of knowing what the exact number the Steelers will need to get under.

Prior to the 2011 season, it was reported that the salary cap would be somewhere near the same level as 2011. With new deals with all of the networks, DirecTV and additional games that will expand the Thursday night schedule, most of that estimated $25 million may be taken care of.

Either way, this article is based on the salary cap being near the $125 million range, which is just a slight increase over last year.



(Steelers cap numbers are courtesy of ROTOWORLD Fantasy Sports)

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