NFL free agency starts today at 4 p.m ET. That loud collective yawn you just heard came from the vicinity of Steelers Nation.
Indeed, such news elicits about as much excitement from Steelers fans as a three-day marathon of Murder, She Wrote does in a Duquesne University dorm room.
Despite the lack of sizzle, free agency is a team-altering experience in Pittsburgh, usually in the form of a mass exodus of long-in-the-tooth veterans or over-valued young players.
This year is no exception. The hemorrhaging began last Saturday with the release of James Harrison and will continue through the next month or two with the imminent departure of Mike Wallace, Rashard Mendenhall and Casey Hampton, among others.
Amidst all of the negative, however, there will be a couple of positives that come out of free agency this year.