Free agency is a time for hope for many teams in the NFL, but not the Pittsburgh Steelers. Normally it is a time in which they sign their young talent to contract extensions and part ways with aging veterans. There will be a change to that philosophy this season and it will not be good.
Not only will the Steelers allow many of the older veterans on the team to depart, they are also unlikely to sign many of their young players either.
It is one thing to allow Casey Hampton to leave or to release James Harrison, but it is entirely different to watch players like Mike Wallace and Keenan Lewis—who are just entering their primes—go to another team.
The Steelers have never been a big spender in bringing in outside free agents, but they have invested in their own players. However, without the necessary cap room, there will be more departures than arrivals this year.
As a result, the Steelers are going to have to make some shrewd moves if they want to win free agency. Here is their blueprint for success.