The Steelers have plenty of work to do in order to get ready for free agency in a few weeks, and from all accounts it sounds like it’s going to be tough for the team to avoid losing most of their 18 free agents.

Today Ed Bouchette wrote about the Steelers restricted free agents, which include the following: Jonathan Dwyer, Jeremy Kapinos, Steve McLendon, Isaac Redman, Emmanuel Sanders, Stevenson Sylvester.

Everything seems to point to the Steelers making tenders to McLendon, Sanders and Sylvester. They almost have to in order to make sure they don’t get plucked by another team.

As for Dwyer and Redmen, that may be the toughest call to make. The team would have to put a 6th round tender on Dwyer, while on Redmen it would mean a $2.023 million tender.

Bouchette says the Steelers probably will put a No. 2 tender at $2.023 million on McLendon, which would likely mean he won’t go anywhere.

As for Sanders and Sylvester, they will get tenders, the team can’t afford to lose Sanders with Wallace basically gone, and they need LB help, and that’s why Sylvester will stick around.

All in all, it’s hard to see any other big shocks in that department coming, but who knows how right now this team is thinking with free agency closing in.

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