The opening week of free agency was not kind to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Whether it was cuts necessary to make it under the salary cap or players deciding to leave, five starters from last year’s team are no longer on the roster.
The Steelers’ top two free agents—Mike Wallace and Keenan Lewis—signed big money deals with the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints, respectively, while Rashard Mendenhall headed out west to play with the Arizona Cardinals.
Meanwhile, the Steelers released James Harrison and Willie Colon in moves to get them under the salary cap.
With five openings in the starting lineup, the Steelers are clearly looking to make some changes coming off of an 8-8 season last year. But that does not seem to bother Pittsburgh's general manager Kevin Colbert, particularly the loss of Wallace, Lewis and Mendenhall (via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).
"Only time will tell...we'll see where that goes," Colbert said. "You can also argue we lost three persons from an 8-8 team."
Regardless of how Colbert feels about the Steelers’ losses so far, there is a clear need to replenish some depth at a several positions prior to the start of the draft.