Looking back on the 2013 season for the Pittsburgh Steelers, there were plenty of highs and lows. Nevertheless, the season is over for them, and that means it is time to look ahead to the offseason and how to improve.
Historically, the Steelers have chosen to try to keep their talent in-house, building via the draft and opting out of lots of free-agent spending. This has been met with some significant success, but times are changing.
Over the past several seasons, the Steelers have paid out some bad contracts—contracts that are starting to look bloated in the grand scheme of things. It's not all bad news, however.
This Steelers team has a nice core of young talent, and those older players with bad contracts can be addressed this offseason. That could mean players are released. It could mean the Steelers front office will just have to re-structure and move money around.
Understand I am no salary-cap expert. When I mention a player re-working his contract, I don't have exact numbers. The dollar amounts would simply be speculation. The concept of a re-structure is not intended to pay a player any less—only to move money from salary to bonus in order to get cap relief.
The Steelers are going to have to make some serious moves to get under the salary cap, sign their own essential free agents and any other free agents and contend with the NFL draft class.
Here's some potential scenarios for a great Steelers offseason.
All stats provided by overthecap.com.