Free Agents, Draft Picks That Could Fill Pittsburgh's Biggest Needs

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Free Agents, Draft Picks That Could Fill Pittsburgh's Biggest Needs
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As the Pittsburgh Steelers stare down consecutive non-winning seasons, attention turns to the offseason and how they can try to turn things around for this storied franchise.

In the salary-cap age, franchises have one of two ways to go. If a team chooses to delve into the free-agent pool and spend big bucks, and it works, it offers a serious return on investment.

The problem with this approach is that in many cases, pulling in high-priced veterans could backfire if they do not produce and the team is now strapped to the contract.

This means that many teams, like the Steelers, choose not to dip their toes in the free-agent pool and instead build via the draft. When the draft works, it affords a franchise a pool of young talent for chunks of seasons that aren't cost prohibitive.

Looking back at the past few seasons, the Steelers have become reactionary to some misses in the draft and have overspent in order to keep veterans on the roster and remain competitive.

Now we are at a crossroads. Bad contracts have piled up, and there are young players on the roster who haven't developed. This means the Steelers are going to have some hard decisions to make in order to fill what are some glaring holes on both sides of the football.

Here's a look at some of the biggest positions of need and some players who can fit the bill.

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