A few things to kick around as the NFL enters its quiet season: Adam Jones speaking to rookies is a mistake (as is camp reality TV for his team), we note some replacement who need to come up big and Victor Cruz should play for his big payday.
Coach Mike Tomlin is entering his seventh season in Pittsburgh, and this may be the most important draft of his tenure. The Steelers are old and cap-strapped, and in desperate need of depth up and down the roster. The organizaton has been relatively successful in recent drafts, but were they successful enough?
The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers keep subtracting starters, and that won't help their chances of reaching this year's playoffs. But it could be good news for others. Will Tom Brady and the Cincinnati Bengals please step forward?
The Steelers are approximately $14 million over the $121 million salary cap, which means they have some tough choices to make in the coming weeks. Veterans will be jettisoned, young promising players about to hit free agency may not be re-signed, and all this while the organization tries to rebound from a disappointing 8-8 record last season.