Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert spoke Wednesday, and dropped a few messages about the offseason. While the majority of his message was expected, there was a couple of subtle significance.
With the salary cap issues in the front, the team will have to make some hard moves with the roster and their free agents. One thing that is relatively obvious is that the Steelers will let Mike Wallace test the unrestricted free agent market and will likely not use their franchise tag at all. After his performance in 2012, Wallace has likely taken his last rep in Pittsburgh. In fact, in the view of many, cornerback Keenan Lewis has passed him on the priority list. If, and it is a big if, the Steelers choose to use their franchise tag, Lewis would likely be that player.
Unfortunately, for that to occur, many moves would have to precede it. Veterans such as Casey Hampton, Willie Colon, James Harrison, and possibly even Troy Polamalu would have to redo their contract, or face being released. With the team a reported $10 million over the salary cap, anything is on the table.
These salary issues will hamper them as they navigate free agency and prepare for the draft, as they do not have enough selections to replenish the roster if a mass purge took place. A mass purge that seems to be inevitable moving deeper into the offseason.
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