Tuesday marks the beginning of the NFL free-agency period. Every NFL franchise handles this time differently, based on a combination of philosophy and fiscal responsibility.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are a team that has always played it close to the vest in terms of free agents. When the headlines start pouring in about splash signings, the Steelers won’t be part of that group.
It’s never been in their nature to reach out to premier free agents, instead opting to pour all of their salary cap into their own players.
In most cases, this way of thinking has been successful. However, the past two seasons have been something of a disappointment for the franchise and the fanbase. According to Spotrac, the Steelers have done enough in terms of salary moves to find themselves $12.46 million under the cap with no big contracts to negotiate with current players.
Could this be the year that the Steelers break from the formula and go after some impact players early in free agency? First, let’s take a look at a few of the rumors going around about the Steelers.