Good news Steeler Nation, the Pittsburgh Steelers are getting recognition by the league’s official website as the number one team to watch for in the 2014 offseason. About time the Steelers are finally back on the map, but what did the write up say?
NFL Columnist Adam Schein writes that the Steelers could be a productive team next season based on how quarterback Ben Roethlisberger played and head coach Mike Tomlin brought the team back from a terrible 0-4 start. However, Schein says the Steelers must ‘trim the fat’ and part ways with players that are past their prime.
Schein said that it can easily be argued that it is time to cut ties with Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor, LaMarr Woodley, and Ryan Clark.
For Polamalu, president Art Rooney II came out and said that he would like to see the safety finish his career with the Steelers.
Clark’s future already is shady as the veteran is an unrestricted free agent and seemingly a step slower.
Taylor’s time with the team looks like will depend on if he takes a pay cut or not. Reports have rumored that if the cornerback does not take a decent pay cut, he could be getting the James Harrison treatment of last season.
Woodley’s contract seems to be in the way of a straight release. Linebacker Jason Worilds seems to be the candidate the Steelers would like to go with but a cap number of $14 million in dead money could have the Steelers keeping the 30-year-old Woodley.
So if the Steelers become more active this offseason than in recent seasons, will it turn into success in 2014? We write, you decide!