It seems like every season, NFL teams have to part ways with veteran players. For some teams, every offseason is a time to jettison players before they demand huge contracts. Other teams hang on and do whatever it takes to keep certain players, even if it means robbing Peter to pay Paul.
The Pittsburgh Steelers had typically split the difference. As a very successful franchise historically, it is evident they understand how the salary cap works, and how to maximize it.
Taking this sort of approach means there are times when it is accepted practice that veterans are going to leave. You can make a long list of great Steelers players who left via free agency or were released, in many cases to the chagrin of the fans.
Just this past season, the Steelers let multiple high-profile players leave. Wide receiver Mike Wallace, cornerback Keenan Lewis and linebacker James Harrison all found themselves on new teams.
But who's on the block for 2014? Well, aside from the players under contract that we will discuss later in the week, there are some high-profile free agents on this team who could very likely end up in another jersey for the 2014 season.
Who's on the roster bubble this offseason? Read on and check it out.
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