Ranking the 10 Biggest Free Agency Priorities for Pittsburgh Steelers

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Ranking the 10 Biggest Free Agency Priorities for Pittsburgh Steelers
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Larry Foote's days in Pittsburgh might not be over.

The Pittsburgh Steelers usually don't make a big splash signing free agents. Traditionally, their priority has been to retain their own free agents.

That's not likely to change this offseason, especially with the Steelers projected to be approximately $14 million over the salary cap, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The Steelers have 18 unrestricted free agents and six restricted free agents. They'll need to have enough room under the salary cap by March 12 to re-sign the players they want to keep. Realistically, most of them have played their last game for the Steelers.

They can tender their restricted free agents, which would give them the right to match any offer. In that case they would get draft-pick compensation if that player signs with another team.

If the Steelers don't tender a restricted free agent by March 12, that player becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Don't expect the Steelers to apply the franchise tag to anyone. General manager Kevin Colbert said it's "doubtful" the Steelers would do that, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Most of the Steelers' top 10 free-agent priorities are their own players, although recent developments have added one outside free agent to the list.

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