When it comes to building a team, the Pittsburgh Steelers almost always look to the draft and rarely to free agency. They may have to alter that philosophy coming off an 8-8 season.
A missed playoff appearance is a big deal in Pittsburgh and the Steelers will need to boost their roster if they are going to compete in 2013.
With a healthy roster, the Steelers should be in pretty good shape next year with only a few holes in the starting lineup to plug with younger players, but with 24 free agents, the Steelers front office will have plenty of work to do with limited resources.
ESPN’s John Clayton predicts that the Steelers will be $10.8 million over the 2013 salary cap.
As a result, the Steelers may have to consider cutting veterans such as James Harrison and Willie Colon and restructuring the deals of LaMarr Woodley and other highly paid players who are signed to long-term deals.
But if the Steelers are to free up salary cap space, they will first concentrate on retaining their own free agents before looking for some lower-tier and mid-tier free agents. Let’s just say that they will not be making a Jeff Hartings-type signing this offseason.
Here are five big moves that the Pittsburgh Steelers could make in free agency.