Everyone loves a bargain, right? You go shopping, find something you've really wanted and it's on sale. It's a great feeling. The Pittsburgh Steelers could find themselves bargain shopping this offseason, looking for players to replace exiting free agents and potential cuts due to the salary cap.
If things go according to the norm for the Steelers, they will not be players in the free-agent market, even if they do free up significant cap space. That just isn't how they roll.
But that's OK, because for the most part, the core of this team is established. On offense, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has some impressive weapons in running back Le'Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown.
He also has an offensive line that showed tremendous growth in the second half of the season. Allowing only one sack in the final seven games gives cause for excitement. While upgrades could be made, there's no cause for panic on this side of the football.
Defense is a similar story.
Defensive end Cameron Heyward anchors the defensive front. Linebackers Lawrence Timmons, Jarvis Jones and Vince Williams are the foundation of a great group of linebackers.
In the defensive secondary, cornerback Cortez Allen and safety Shamarko Thomas are great building blocks in the defensive backfield.
Looking over the roster, here are the eight players the Steelers could likely be replacing for the 2014 season without a lot of money to work with.
- Emmanuel Sanders, Wide Receiver
- Jonathan Dwyer, Running Back
- Ziggy Hood, Defensive End
- Brett Keisel, Defensive End
- Jason Worilds, Linebacker
- LaMarr Woodley, Linebacker
- Ryan Clark, Safety
- Ike Taylor, Cornerback
Here are some bargain-basement replacements for these guys who will fill the roster, and if things fall right, they could develop into solid players.
All stats courtesy of ESPN.com.