It's been almost four days since the Pittsburgh Steelers became the 2009 Super Bowl champions. They've held and kissed the Lombardi trophy, partied it up in Tampa, attended the parade in Pittsburgh, and been given keys to the city.
So, now what?
Some of them will go to Disneyland, others will head to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl, and the rest will go home and catch up on some much needed sleep.
The rest of the football world does not rest though. The other teams are starting to think about how they can improve next season. They're talking about the free agents they want to sign, the guys they want to let go or trade away, and the picks they want to make in the draft.
And even though the Steelers are World Champions, they too are thinking about next season, and how they can possible repeat as World Champions.
Their biggest needs are for a wide receiver and to bolster their offensive line. They can fill those needs through the draft, trades, or signing a free agent.
It's no secret around football that the Steelers are not the type of team that likes to go after a high-profile free agent because they don't want to shell out the cash for them. They also have the tendency to let their own free agents go, because they don't want to pay them either.
Needless to say, the Steelers probably won't be signing any big free agents in the offseason. So that leaves the draft and trades.
Hines Ward has been on the decline over the past couple of years. Santonio Holmes is a great receiver that can share the duties with Ward, but if the Steelers want to improve, some depth in the wide-receiver department wouldn't hurt.
Their offensive line was made up of mostly rookies. Now, obviously they did a good job because they helped the team win a Super Bowl, but it wouldn't hurt to add some experienced players to the line so that Big Ben has a little more pass protection.
There is a lot of talk about who the Steelers should go after in the draft or who they could possibly trade for.
As far as the offensive line, there is Eben Britton, the OT from the University of Arizona. Scouts are singing his praises because he's 6'6" and 310lbs and he moves well. He would be a good option for the Steelers offensive line.
Alex Mack is another offensive lineman known for his speed and his size that would provide good depth for the Steelers.
It seems like any moves the Steelers are going to make are going to be through the draft. Perhaps they'll sign a free agent here or there, that's not too expensive, or trade for someone, but since they like to keep their costs down, they'll probably do most of their work for the offseason through the draft.
Even though the Steelers are the World Champions, they know that the work never ends if you want to add to those number of championships. Britton and Mack are big, athletic guys that will give them some depth on the offensive line.
Depth is always a plus for a team because injuries can occur at any time and it's good to have other guys you can depend on.