Sometimes no matter how well thought out a plan is, it just doesn't work. When it comes to the NFL, the influence of 31 other franchises can toss a real wrench into any offseason strategy.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have positioned themselves well as the free-agency period begins on March 11. Even with the re-signing of several of their own free agents to consider, the Steelers cut enough from the roster to free up $11.41 million (courtesy of spotrac).
Pittsburgh's free-agent goals are fairly straightforward:
- Bolster the talent in the defensive secondary
- Add a big target on offense
- Retain existing players on the defensive line
- Upgrade at backup running back
- Retain existing players on the offensive line
Nothing is guaranteed, and even with the personnel-maneuvering skills of the Steelers' front office there is nothing to assure these things will happen.
What happens if Plan A for this year's free agency falls through? Here are some possible Plan B scenarios for Pittsburgh.