2012 NFL Draft: 5 Veterans Pittsburgh Steelers Need to Replace

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2012 NFL Draft: 5 Veterans Pittsburgh Steelers Need to Replace
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It's no secret that the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to have to make some tough decisions this offseason regarding personnel.  

The franchise is $25 million of the salary cap, which means that some of the most well-liked and successful Steelers of the past decade are in danger of being cut loose.  Sadly, most of the cuts are going to have to come on defense—the one aspect of the game that the Steelers organization has prided itself on for as long as this writer can remember.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette indicates the defensive backfield will stay more or less in tact,  so most of the cuts will likely come from the linebacking corps and the defensive line.  There are numerous players at these positions in the twilight of their careers.  

Some have been stricken with the injury bug, while others are locked in pricey, heavy contracts.  Some are injury prone and pricey.  

The following slideshow features five veterans that the Steelers will likely have to replace within the next five years.

Enjoy.

Note: Contract information for all players is taken from sportrac.com.

You can follow Mike Schoeffel on Twitter @mschoeffel.  

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