The Definitive Blueprint to Pittsburgh's Perfect Offseason

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The Definitive Blueprint to Pittsburgh's Perfect Offseason
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Steelers GM Kevin Colbert has a lot of work to do this offseason.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are in a tough spot heading into the 2013 season.

Steelers fans will not be satisfied with another 8-8 season that sees the team fail to qualify for the playoffs.  To improve, Pittsburgh's front office must address the weaknesses at  key positions that contributed to a disappointing 2012 campaign.

At the moment, however, the organization has little room to maneuver.  With 2013 salaries exceeding next year’s cap by a wide margin and several high-profile players and emerging talents entering free agency, the team has some hard choices to make to free up cash.

Fortunately for Steelers fans, the organization has first-rate ownership and a front office that historically has not shied from making tough decisions that are in the club's best interest in the long run.  Pittsburgh's brass has also shown a good understanding of cap management and the art of finding value in NFL players.

Though drastic roster upgrades are unlikely considering the Steelers current financial situation, there are moves the front office can make to improve how competitive Pittsburgh will be on paper in 2013.  The following is a list of steps the team should take, roughly in chronological order, to reload for the coming season.

The suggested cuts and additions are based on an analysis of each player's projected cost relative to his likely contributions to the team in 2013.  Please note that many of the financial figures are estimates, as accurate data is not yet available.

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