The Pittsburgh Steelers have gone to work getting under the salary cap and still have a long way to go to be ready for free agency and the draft.
Past players that the Steelers have signed to futures contracts are Doug Legursky, Stefan Logan, Ryan Mundy and Isaac Redman to name a few.
Here are 5 guys who the Steelers have signed to futures contracts this offseason that I could actually see making an impact on the team in 2012.
I really thought that Chris Scott would turn into a starter on the offensive line for the Steelers this season and I was sorely mistaken.
That being said the Steelers, and us fans, saw something in him which led to him even being given the chance to compete for the starting guard position this past preseason.
With the problems the Steelers have on the offensive line and with the salary cap, I can see Scott making the team as a cheap backup with the potential to still develop.
The Steelers have a great future on the defensive line with Ziggy Hood and Cameron Heyward, however, they need more bodies on the defensive line besides just Steve McLendon.
Chris Hoke retired, Brett Keisel injured his groin against the Broncos and Casey Hampton tore his ACL in that same game.
Although I think the Steelers will draft another defensive lineman to put in this mix, Corbin Bryant got valuable experience in his rookie season and could provide depth if nothing else.
Tight end Weslye Saunders is going to miss the first four games of the season because he violated the NFL’s drug policy.
That leaves the Steelers with only Heath Miller and David Johnson at tight end and there were a lot of people who thought Jamie McCoy was actually going to beat out Saunders for a roster spot before the season.
There is a chance the Steelers draft another tight end in April, however, I think they will more likely just have McCoy fill in for Saunders for the first four games and then send him to the practice squad for the rest of the season.
The Steelers have a great future at the cornerback position with Keenan Lewis, Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown.
The problem is that all three of those guys have missed time in their short careers due to injury and the Steelers could use more depth.
Bryant McFadden has already been cut and although many think William Gay will be back, Antonio Smith could still provide depth and play special teams.
I actually was really hoping that the Steelers would draft Myron Rolle when he came out in 2011 and I think he has a chance to make the team this year if the team doesn’t draft a safety early.
Will Allen is going to be cut at some point this offseason and if the Steelers don't draft a guy early that would leave Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith as Rolle’s main competition.
I'm very high on Cromartie-Smith, who could show up and solidify a spot for himself in camp, however, I’m not going to be surprised if Rolle finds a way onto the roster.