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    Offseason Forecast: Pittsburgh Steelers

    Offseason Forecast: Pittsburgh Steelers

    By Gregg Rosenthal
    Published: Feb. 10, 2014

    In a fast-changing league, the Pittsburgh Steelers prefer stability. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley remains on board. Dick Lebeau will coordinate the Steelers' defense for an 11th straight year despite a deeply disappointing 2013. The Steelers shed a lot of veteran dead weight last year, but didn't see their young players step up enough. Expect more purging this offseason, with a lot of turnover on an aging roster.

    Biggest free agents

    Jason Worilds, LB: Worilds played great down the stretch as a starter after being moved to the left side, essentially taking LaMarr Woodley's job. That should earn Worilds big money this offseason -- perhaps too much for the Steelers to afford.

    Emmanuel Sanders, WR: He looks better as a slot receiver than on the outside. After so-so production in 2013, the Steelers probably will be comfortable letting him walk with Markus Wheaton waiting in the wings.

    Jerricho Cotchery, WR: If Sanders leaves, the Steelers might place more of a premium on bringing Cotchery back after a 10-touchdown season.

    Ryan Clark, S: He had a great run in Pittsburgh, but it looks to be over now.

    Brett Keisel, DE: If he returns, it will be at a low-cost, low-risk price. The Steelers need help at defensive end because Ziggy Hood is likely on the way out.

    Other key free agents: Hood, RB LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB Jonathan Dwyer, S Will Allen, DT Al Woods.

    What they need

    This roster has taken a beating in recent years and has a lot of holes. Two of Pittsburgh's top three wideouts are free agents. There are holes for starting jobs at every level of the defense, especially on the defensive line. The Steelers have big questions on the offensive line, but will count on growth from within.

    On the way out?

    LaMarr Woodley, LB: He's had injury problems and conditioning questions since signing a huge deal in 2011. Woodley's cap figure is enormous whether or not he's on the team, so it's a tough decision. It's possible the Steelers could re-sign Worilds and let Woodley go if he doesn't take a pay cut.

    Troy Polamalu, S: He's a candidate for release because of his $8.25 million salary. But Polamalu has the support of ownership, which goes a long way.

    Ike Taylor, CB: He almost will certainly have to take a big pay cut from his $7 million salary to stay.

    Levi Brown, OT: No question mark needed here. He's as good as gone because of his $6 million salary.

    Offseason crystal ball

    This is a fascinating offseason in Pittsburgh. Ownership can only remain patient with Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert for so long. This is not a franchise in the habit of making quick fixes, but it's sorely needing a lot of new starters. There are big decisions at every level of the defense. My guess: They give Woodley another shot and let Worilds walk. Polamalu and Cotchery stay. Sanders, Clark and Taylor all land elsewhere.

    In Roethlisberger we trust.

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    I agree. Like it or not, Worilds is as good as gone. Not sure though that Ike is gone. I'm certainly hoping we have him for another year or so.

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    Maybe Porter will be good for LaMarr Woodley as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slapstick View Post
    Maybe Porter will be good for LaMarr Woodley as well?
    Let's hope so.

    It could be that, as someone on another site posts, "you can't polish a turd."

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    Quote Originally Posted by BradshawsHairdresser View Post
    Let's hope so.

    It could be that, as someone on another site posts, "you can't polish a turd."
    Are you sure about that

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    He hasn't always been a turd...he used to be a feared pass rusher...

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    Woodley isn't a turd. The guy has skills but he can't stay healthy.

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    If Worilds walks or Woodley is released, we are razor thin at OLB. There hasn't been a lot of talk about OLB in the draft, especially since we took JJ last year, but it still may be a glaring need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NW Steeler View Post
    If Worilds walks or Woodley is released, we are razor thin at OLB. There hasn't been a lot of talk about OLB in the draft, especially since we took JJ last year, but it still may be a glaring need.
    Taking JJ last year did nothing for us in terms of on field impact. Taking another OLB in the draft will likely have the same outcome in 2014.

    Like I said when we took JJ, it will be interesting to see what he can do......................in 2015.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo View Post
    Taking JJ last year did nothing for us in terms of on field impact. Taking another OLB in the draft will likely have the same outcome in 2014.

    Like I said when we took JJ, it will be interesting to see what he can do......................in 2015.
    Exactly. But it it also doesn't change the situation. They will need to develop someone and pray that JJ makes a huge jump. I wouldn't be surprised if they figure out a way to keep Woodley (at least for 1 more year) and resign Worilds. I think the cap hit/dead money on Woodley is a little more platable if they cut him next year, isn't it?

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