QB Dennis Dixon, RB Mewelde Moore, TE Matt Spaeth, G Trai Essex, LB Lamarr Woodley, CB Ike Taylor, CB William Gay, K Shaun Suisham, P Daniel Sepulveda
* Dixon had a chance to shine earlier in the season under center when Big Ben was suspended, but suffered a season-ending meniscus tear. It is unclear whether he has shown Coach Tomlin enough to warrant a re-signing, but when Dixon is healthy, his athletic ability is unreal.
* Moore is an asset to Roethlisberger in blitz pickup, and provides solid hands on third downs. Otherwise, he’s strictly a situational backup to Rashard Mendenhall, but is a candidate to be re-signed based on his knowledge of the Steelers’ offense.
* Spaeth showed questionable hands as a blocking specialist playing behind Heath Miller, and may be re-signed at the right price, but is otherwise an expendable spare part.
* Essex is a veteran stopgap at left tackle, as he backs up Jonathan Scott. Although he offers some versatility as he can also fill in at guard, Essex isn’t an elite offensive lineman.
* Woodley is one of the Steelers’ most indispensable defensive players, and has registered a sack in an NFL-record six consecutive playoff games. Under the current collective bargaining agreement, Woodley is a restricted free agent after the season, so given the uncertainty with the labor situation, expect Woodley to remain a Steeler until a new CBA is hashed out. Even then, it would be odd for Pittsburgh to let Woodley walk given how well he’s played in black and gold.
* Taylor is the Steelers’ best cover cornerback, and figures to be re-signed barring a horrific injury in the Super Bowl. The three-time World Champ has been instrumental in Pittsburgh’s dynasty run of the last six years.
* Gay may have had an opportunistic fumble return for a touchdown in the AFC Championship, but remains a backup to CB Bryant McFadden, who was temporarily benched due to a lingering abdominal strain.
* The aforementioned Suisham has a lot of potential money on the table if he converts some key field goals in Dallas on Sunday.
* Sepulveda is out for the season with another torn ACL (third time he's torn his non-kicking knee ligament), and may be done as a Steeler.