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Depth Likely to Be the Biggest Offensive Issue Facing the Pittsburgh Steelers Heading into Free Agency

February 4th, 2014 at 10:19 PM
By Mark Mihalko
Yesterday, Steelers 101 dove into the 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers defense and the changes that are likely on the horizon due to free agency and salary cap situations. Luckily for the team as they move forward, the offense appears to be in much better shape heading into 2014.
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Yes, there are some salary cap concerns that they will have to figure out, specifically with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and tight end Heath Miller. At this point, they could attempt to extend both of them, but that seems to be an unlikely scenario at the moment.
 
Heading into the free agent period the majority of issues on the offense will center on depth, with the exception of wide receiver. At that position, starter Emmanuel Sanders and number three Jerricho Cotchery are both unrestricted free agents and it would be impossible for the Steelers to re-sign both. At this point, Cotchery appears to be the most likely to come back. Even bringing him back, the team will need to find some depth.
 
Depth is also a major need at running back and along the offensive line, where all of the top reserves are unrestricted free agents. At running back, Jonathan Dwyer, Felix Jones and LaRod Stephens-Howling all could be elsewhere. Looking forward, although he is coming off injury,  Stephens-Howling would seem like the logical target.
 
Up front, the Steelers will likely have to move to re-sign Cody Wallace as an interior back-up and look for a veteran swing man. With the hiring of Mike Munchak, bringing back Fernando Velasco seems unlikely.
 
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Tags: Ben Roethlisberger, Cody Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, Football, Heath Miller, Jerricho Cotchery, LaRod Stephens-Howling, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers

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