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Pittsburgh Steelers

Stadium: Heinz Field | Coach: Mike Tomlin
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense8th128.6 (9th)258.1 (8th)
Defense15th114.1 (17th)230.9 (13th)

Steelers report: Strategy and personnel

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Strategy and personnel · Notes, quotes · Inside slant
 

Twelve more draft prospects visited the Steelers over the past week. They include Idaho guard Mike Iupati, Florida center Maurkice Pouncey, defensive linemen Clifton Geathers of South Carolina and Linval Joseph of East Carolina, South Florida wide receiver Carlton Mitchell, Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski, Iowa offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga, Notre Dame wide receiver Golden Tate, Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant, Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount and linebackers Koa Misi of Utah and Adrian Tracy of William & Mary.

TEAM NEEDS

1. Cornerback: Even though the Steelers drafted corners in the third and fifth rounds last season, they got woeful play at the position and could lose starter and RFA William Gay and veteran UFA Deshea Townsend.

2. Defensive line: Although they re-signed NT Casey Hampton and drafted DE on first round last season, the Steelers three starters are all in their 30s and they need to groom someone to take over for Hampton and one DE over the next two years.

3. Linebacker: The Steelers added some depth with the signing of ILB Larry Foote but James Farrior will be 35 this season and James Harrison 32.

MEDICAL WATCH
No updates.

FRANCHISE PLAYER
PK Jeff Reed (tendered at $2.814M).

TRANSITION PLAYER
None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--LB Rocky Boiman was a late edition to try to save their drowning special teams. He's not likely to return.

--SS Tyrone Carter won't get a contract from the Steelers again unless he finds nothing from anywhere else.

--WR Joey Galloway was a late signing after Limas Sweed was placed on injured reserve. He did not dress for either game and he is not likely to be invited back.

--DE Travis Kirschke, although he turns 36 this year, has been dependable and could re-sign if he does not go elsewhere, especially if they get nothing at the position in the draft.

--CB Deshea Townsend thinks he can still start in the league and the Steelers have no plans for him to do that. If he finds nothing of his liking in free agency, they will offer him a contract to return.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)

--RB Carey Davis (not tendered as RFA)..

--OG Darnell Stapleton (not tendered as RFA) was their starting right guard until an injury put him on injured reserve.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (*indicates restricted because of uncapped year)

--*OT Willie Colon (tendered at $2.521M with first-round pick as compensation) entering third season as starter at right tackle.

--CB William Gay (tendered at $1.101M with fifth-round pick as compensation) had a disappointing first season as a starter but not bad enough that they want to lose him.

--P Daniel Sepulveda (tendered at $1.101M with fourth-round pick as compensation) was middle of the road and not likely to receive a high tender. He was drafted in the fourth round.

--TE Matt Spaeth (tendered at $1.101M with fifth-round pick as compensation) is No. 2 behind Heath Miller. He plays a lot but rarely is used as a target and he's not a good blocker.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
None.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--LB Patrick Bailey: ERFA; terms unknown.

--QB Charlie Batch: UFA; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

--FS Ryan Clark: UFA; $14M/4 yrs, $3M SB.

--DE Nick Eason: UFA; terms unknown.

--NT Casey Hampton: Potential UFA; $21.3M/3 yrs, $11M guaranteed/$6.5M SB.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

--S Will Allen: UFA Buccaneers; $4.4M/3 yrs, $950,000 SB.

--WR Arnaz Battle: UFA 49ers; $3.975/3 yrs, $975,000 SB.

--LB Derrick Doggett: CFL FA; terms unknown.

--LB Larry Foote: UFA Lions; $9.3M/3 yrs, $1.8M SB.

--WR Antwaan Randle El: FA Redskins; $7M/3 yrs, $900,000 SB.

--OT Jonathan Scott: Not tendered as RFA by Bills; $545,000/1 yr.

PLAYERS LOST

--WR Santonio Holmes: Trade Jets

--RB Willie Parker: UFA Redskins; 1 yr, terms unknown.

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