As teams around the NFL are making big splashes in free agency, the Pittsburgh Steelers continue to sit idle and examine what sifts through the cracks. This has been their free-agency philosophy for years.
The Steelers watch from the sidelines as the free-agency frenzy begins, then make several inexpensive signings to fill the holes in their roster. It has been a pretty successful philosophy.
But with this free-agency strategy, many fans get anxious and frustrated with the team since it is not a big spender and even call the team “cheap.” That is not the case at all.
Rather than spend big dollars on outside free agents, the Steelers have historically used their cap space on re-signing their own talent to long-term deals.
In recent years, the Steelers have spent a lot of money on Ben Roethlisberger, Troy Polamalu, James Harrison, Heath Miller, Ike Taylor and LaMarr Woodley. Just last year, they signed Antonio Brown to a contract extension after it became apparent that Mike Wallace would not sign a deal.
This year should be no different as there are a number of players who only have one year remaining on their contracts.
Here are seven players who the Steelers should consider giving contract extensions to.