The Steelers made a number of pre-free-agency moves to shore up their own veteran free agents as best they could while working to clear a bit of extra salary cap space.
March 18: Will Graves of the Associated Press reports that the Steelers have signed free agent tight end Matt Spaeth to a two-year deal. Spaeth was a 2007 Steelers draft pick and spent four seasons with the team and before playing with the Chicago Bears for the last two seasons.
March 17: Despite reports to the contrary, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has not signed or been given an offer sheet by the New England Patriots.
March 15: Evan Sidery has reported that the Patriots have made an offer to Steelers restricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. The Steelers will have to match the offer or else he'll be in New England this year.
March 15: Released Steelers offensive guard Willie Colon signed a one-year, $1.2 million deal with the New York Jets, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
March 15: Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review confirms that free agent safety Ryan Mundy has signed with the New York Giants.
March 15: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Steelers restricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is meeting today with the New England Patriots. Sanders received the lowest tender of $1.323 million which means the Steelers could lose him if they cannot match any potential offer from the Patriots.
March 15: CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora reports that the Steelers will be hosting tight end Kellen Davis, running back Beanie Wells and linebacker Victor Butler today.
March 14: It's official: Free agent Steelers cornerback Keenan Lewis is now a New Orleans Saint. Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports he has signed a five-year deal worth $26 million, including $11 million guaranteed.
March 14: Dale Lolley of the Washington (PA) Observer-Reporter says that free agent running back Beanie Wells is getting a physical from the Steelers today.
March 13: Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports that the New York Giants will meet with free agent Steelers safety Ryan Mundy.
March 13: Howard Balzer reports that the Steelers have re-signed long snapper Greg Warren.
March 13: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Steelers free agent running back Rashard Mendenhall has agreed to a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals' head coach is Bruce Arians, his former offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh.
March 13: Steelers free agent cornerback Keenan Lewis tweeted on Wednesday that he's en route to meet with the New Orleans Saints.
March 13: Ed Bouchette and Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette are reporting that Steelers offensive guard Willie Colon will be released on Wednesday but it will be designated for June 1 so that the team can recoup $5.5 million in cap savings rather than $1.5 if he were released outright immediately.
March 13: ESPN's Adam Schefter has reported the Steelers have signed quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, a Pittsburgh native, to a three-year deal to backup Ben Roethlisberger. Financial details are pending.
March 13: Steelers.com has confirmed that fullback/tight end David Johnson has received a one-year deal to remain in Pittsburgh. Johnson's 2012 season was cut short by a knee injury in the preseason opener.
March 12: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Steelers will be hosting free agent Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Bruce Gradkowski on Wednesday in hopes of finding a backup younger than Charlie Batch.
March 12: CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora reports that free agent linebacker Moise Fokou will be meeting with the Steelers after he visits the Tennessee Titans.
March 12: Mike Wallace is indeed headed to the Miami Dolphins, says CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora. LaCanfora expects Wallace to make around $12 million per year, while Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel has it at $13 million. It is a five-year deal.
March 12: ESPN's Adam Schefter says that free agent Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall is scheduling visits with the Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos.
March 12: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Miami Dolphins are closing in on free agent Steelers receiver Mike Wallace and hope to sign him to a five-year deal.
March 12: ESPN's Jamison Hensley says the Steelers have interest in free agent running back Beanie Wells. Division-mates the Cincinnati Bengals are also pursuing him.
March 12: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Steelers have come to an agreement with linebacker Larry Foote on a multi-year deal. Additional details have yet to be released.
March 12: CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora reports that the Steelers will be bringing back wide receiver Plaxico Burress in the coming days. He will receive a one-year, veteran minimum contract. The salary should be under $1 million.
March 12: Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL.com says that the Steelers don't seem likely to retain cornerback Keenan Lewis, noting that the Steelers don't have enough money to be players on the market.
March 12: Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that guard Ramon Foster's new deal is worth $6 million over three years and includes a $900,000 signing bonus.
March 12: Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley has agreed to a contract restructure that brings his 2013 base salary down from $9 million to $3.6 million, saving the team $4.05 million in cap space.
March 11: Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Steelers have given a three-year deal to offensive guard Ramon Foster, who was set to become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday. Financial details have yet to be disclosed; the move may signal the end for Willie Colon, who has a $7.65 million total 2013 salary cap hit.
March 11: The Steelers have given low-tender offers to four of their six restricted free agents; running backs Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman, nose tackle Steve McLendon and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders will each make $1.323 million this year if they aren't picked up by another team who beats the tender offer.
McLendon and Redman were undrafted, so the Steelers would receive no compensation if another team wants either of them. Dwyer moving on would give the Steelers a sixth-round pick while Sanders would fetch a third. If McLendon stays, Casey Hampton (who is an unrestricted free agent) is likely done in Pittsburgh.
Their other two restricted free agents, punter Jeremy Kapinos and linebacker Stevenson Sylvester, were not tendered.
March 11: Sports Illustrated's Peter King said in his "Monday Morning Quarterback" column that the Miami Dolphins are alone in their pursuit of Steelers free-agent wide receiver Mike Wallace, at least when it comes to the big money. King believes Wallace could get around $11 million per season from the Dolphins.
March 10: Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that the Denver Broncos are interested in free-agent Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall.
March 9: Dave Bryan of SteelersDepot.com says that running back Baron Batch and cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke are expected to receive a minimum exclusive-rights free-agency tender for 2013, worth $555,000 apiece.
March 9: The Steelers released veteran outside linebacker James Harrison after the team and Harrison could not come to an agreement to lower his salary for the remaining two years of his contract. Harrison was set to make $6.57 million in 2013 and $7.575 in 2014. His release frees up $5.1 million in cap space for this year.
March 4: The Steelers signed free-agent cornerback William Gay, who was released from the Arizona Cardinals where he spent one year. Prior to that lone season in Arizona, Gay spent five years with the Steelers and is projected to at least compete for the starting nickel corner job, if not be handed it outright.