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Cost-Effective Moves the Pittsburgh Steelers Can Make This Offseason
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Mike Wallace's free agency presents the Steelers with a financial decision this offseason.

The Pittsburgh Steelers figure to be about $10 million over the salary cap this offseason, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

General manager Kevin Colbert says the Steelers will get under the cap, which is not a bold prediction, given they they are required to be under the projected $121 million salary cap by March 12. But it's about as bold as an 8-8 team can get.

The Steelers need to be thrifty in 2013 if they want to avoid their first back-to-back, non-playoff seasons since 1999 and 2000.

Ben Roethlisberger, LaMarr Woodley, Lawrence Timmons, Troy Polamalu and James Harrison combine for more than half of the Steelers' 2013 cap space, according to Steel City Insider. Timmons is the only one who didn't miss any games in 2012.

A redistribution of wealth and a focus on health are among the cost-efficient steps the Steelers can take to improve in 2013.

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