For some NFL franchises, free agency is a figurative bar scene, where an unattractive team throws around mad money in hopes of landing a Kate Upton-level free agent to brag about the next day over breakfast at the local diner.
Instead, the team wakes up two years later next to the salary-cap equivalent of Abe Vigoda.
Fortunately for Steelers fans, their team exhibits a teetotaler mentality among a sea of drunkards.
But abstinence isn't without its pitfalls, specifically in the form of missed opportunities. Sitting one out can lead to losing a chance of signing the next James Farrior or Ryan Clark.
Moreover, the Steelers oftentimes become punch-drunk with their own players, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, unless that means overvaluing them and giving them bloated contracts that will eventually need to undergoing infinite "restructuring."
Looking forward to this years' free agency, here are several pitfalls the Steelers need to avoid so that 2013 doesn't become a tragicomic sequel to 2012.