Linebacker James Harrison isn’t the only member of the Steelers with an expiring contract that the team would like to have back for the 2016 season.
General Manager Kevin Colbert said Tuesday that the Steelers are in “pretty good” shape under the cap in relation to previous seasons and that there won’t need to be big changes to the roster in order to get the cap in shape for free agency. Once March 9 does arrive, Colbert says that the Steelers will stick to their usual script and focus on keeping players already on their roster.
“We want to stay the course, as best we can, with our own guys,” Colbert said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “If there is a guy on the outside who makes us better, we’ll plug him in. But our big play is keeping our own.”
The secondary is one area where the Steelers have several players set for free agency. Cornerbacks William Gay, Antwon Blake and Brandon Boykin and safeties Will Allen and Robert Golden can all hit the open market. Colbert said the team will give consideration to bringing all of them back while tackle Kelvin Beachum, defensive tackle Steve McLendon and guard Ramon Foster round out the group of impending free agents on Pittsburgh’s roster.