The Pittsburgh Steelers are rarely active early in free agency, but two consecutive eight-win seasons has resulted in a shift in philosophy. Not only did the Steelers not sit and wait, but they made one of the biggest signings of the offseason with the five-year, $25 million deal they reached with Mike Mitchell.
Mitchell’s deal was one of eight free-agent transactions that the Steelers have made since March 11. In Add in Jason Worilds signing his transition tag March 6 worth $9.754 million, and the Steelers have signed a total of nine free agents—including three from outside of the organization.
I think we’ve had some real positive developments thus far. We got a young, talented guy like Mike Mitchell, and Cam Thomas was important to us. Retaining Jason Worilds was important to us. Getting Heath (Miller) and Troy (Polamalu) done from an extension standpoint was important to us.
Not only have the Steelers kept valuable players in place, they have added some much-needed depth in addition to players who expect to play major roles heading into 2014 and beyond.
There is still plenty of time to go in the offseason, but it is worth assessing where the Steelers stand as the draft approach. Here is a look at the 2014 free-agent signings ranked in order from the least to the most anticipated impact for this upcoming season.