Steelers Players Guaranteed to Be Gone After 2012 Season

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Steelers Players Guaranteed to Be Gone After 2012 Season
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With 22 players set to become free agents after the 2012 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers will have some tough choices to make on the personnel front in 2013.

Pittsburgh’s front office will have to decide whether to keep the team's two backup quarterbacks, nearly all of its running backs, multiple key players on the offensive line and several notables on the defensive side of the ball.

Some free-agents-to-be are almost certain to stay in Pittsburgh.  Wideout Emmanuel Sanders, for example, will be back as long as the price is right.

Sanders has had a very productive 2012, hauling in 41 passes for 585 yards as the Steelers’ third receiver.  He ranks 29th in the league with 14.3 yards per catch.  Not bad for a player who isn't on the field for every snap.

More importantly, Sanders did a great job stepping in for Antonio Brown during his three-game absence in the middle of the season.

Other future free agents will end up elsewhere next season.  Whether due to injury, poor play, the emergence of a better option or financial considerations, some current players just won’t fit into the Steelers’ plans for 2013.

With that in mind, here are four Steelers who almost certainly won’t be back next year.  The list runs from most likely to least likely to be gone.

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