The time has come for some tough choices. There are several long-time Steelers that may not be back in a black and gold uniform in 2012. It will be hard to do, but it might be time to say goodbye so that the Steelers can get younger and a little less expensive in 2012.
Aaron Smith is at the top of that list. With a multi-million dollar salary next season and the knowledge that he can no longer start for this team, the Steelers will likely wave goodbye to the stalwart and underappreciated defensive end.
James Farrior is another tough call. His skills have diminished some, particularly against the run. Stevenson Sylvester is the heir apparent right now, but the Steelers could draft someone, too, or play Larry Foote on the inside for a year. Foote also could go because of salary concerns.
Chris Kemoeatu is surely a goner. Willie Colon we've already mentioned. Max Starks and Casey Hampton are injured veterans who could find themselves elsewhere in 2012. It will be tough, but some of these guys just won't be around when camp opens.