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Leftwich won the backup job in training camp and will have the opportunity to prove that he can handle the job while Ben Roethlisberger is out this season.
It was not a good start against the Baltimore Ravens, but this should not prevent the team from considering bringing him back for one more year at most.
They should check their options and if Leftwich is the best available, he should be signed to a one-year deal. However, the team does need to find a better option.
Batch has been a quality backup and third-string quarterback for years, but he was third string this year and will be another year older. At some point he will no longer be able to compete at the professional level.
The Steelers should allow Batch to become a free agent and look for a younger option. Chances are if they need him at any point Batch will be available to sign as a free agent.
Mendenhall is the most talented running back on the roster and with a revamped offensive line, he could potential put up monster numbers.
However, coming off of ACL surgery and an injury-plagued 2012 season, the Steelers should move on. They are a passing offense and should not invest as much in the running back position when you can find cheaper alternatives in free agency and the draft.
Redman has proved to be a quality backup and a very good short-yardage back. He will not command a big contract and should receive a multi-year deal from the Steelers. He serves his role well and can be a spot starter if necessary.
The emergence of Will Johnson has made David Johnson expendable. He should not be offered a contract.
Pope lost his job to rookie David Paulson and there is no reason that he should get it back. The Steelers can find a better option to be the team’s third-string tight end that offers some upside. Pope is not getting any better and rarely sees the field.
Many are down on Wallace, but he is still a huge threat and is the only receiver on the roster who can consistently get into the end zone.
If he still commands a monster contract, Wallace will be shown the door, but if the Steelers can sign Wallace to a contract comparable to Antonio Brown’s it will be a no-brainer.
Wallace has not earned a massive deal, but the Steelers will certainly offer him a fair deal or even franchise him.
Foster will eventually lose the starting job to David DeCastro, but he is still a quality NFL lineman who can play guard and tackle.
Chances are some team will give him starting money, but ideally the Steelers will be able to lock him up for a few years as their top backup at guard and tackle.
Legursky is a quality backup at center, but offers very little at guard. But given Maurkice Pouncey’s injury history and Legursky’s performance at center, he deserves a one-year deal.
Is there any reason for the Steelers not to sign Starks? He has played well once again this year at left tackle.
It is doubtful that he will come cheap once again, but the Steelers should give Starks a modest contract that pays him as a starter, but does not overpay him so much that if he is beat out by Mike Adams or Marcus Gilbert that they cannot hold onto him as a backup.
Warren is a dependable long snapper and there is no reason not to sign him to another deal.