The Pittsburgh Steelers have a lot of decisions to make this offseason, as they have 19 unrestricted free agents, according to Still Curtain. The Steelers biggest areas of concern are in the defensive backfield and along the offensive line as they combine to account for nine of those free agents – five defensive backs and four offensive linemen.
According to ESPN Insider, the Steelers potential unrestricted free agents were on the field for 6,044 snaps this past season, which is the eighth most in the league.
Pittsburgh has already re-signed long-snapper Greg Warren and several players who were exclusive rights free agents. Jeremy Fowler of ESPN believes that Steelers will likely let most of their other free agents test the open market when free agency begins on March 9.
That doesn't mean that the Steelers won't work on signing any of their potential free agents before or after they officially hit the open market. The most likely candidates to stick with the team are DT Steve McLendon, G Ramon Foster, QB Bruce Gradkowski, CB William Gay, CB Brandon Boykin, and OT Kelvin Beachum.
The Washington Observer-Reporter is reporting that the Steelers have come to terms with two free agents on Wednesday. The Steelers have signed former San Diego Charger tight end Ladarius Green to a four-year deal worth a reported $20 million and re-upped with Foster on a three-year pact. Green's contract includes a $4.75 million signing bonus.