The Pittsburgh Steelers will face some tough offseason decisions as they once again face salary-cap issues. This may mean that they will once again have to part ways with some longtime veterans.
According to Joel Corry of CBS Sports, the Steelers are expected to be at least $10 million over the projected $126.3 million salary-cap figure set for 2014.
Cap problems have limited Pittsburgh’s ability in the offseason to make improvements on the roster, so general manager Kevin Colbert will have to figure out ways to upgrade the team while working on a tight budget.
Recent years have shown that Colbert is not afraid to part ways with some of the team’s best—and oldest—players in order to gain financial flexibility. Hines Ward, Aaron Smith, James Farrior and James Harrison are just a few of the names to be let go of in recent years.
Troy Polamalu could face that fate this year, but the Steelers do not have a replacement and should instead allow him to play out the remainder of his contract. The decision may not be so easy for others.
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