We’ve spent some time this week discussing the Bengals’ free agent and salary situations earlier this week, so it’s high time we took a gander at the rest of the AFC North:
The Steelers are in rather dire straits when it comes to the salary cap, as their current commitments put the club already $10.8 million over the projected 2013 cap limit of $120.9 million. (It should be noted that the Steelers were the same situation heading into last offseason). Mike Wallace, Rashard Mendenhall, Jonathan Dwyer, and Isaac Redman are all free agents, so Pittsburgh will almost certainly be looking for help at running back in the draft and/or free agency. (In case you haven’t heard, model citizen Chris Rainey has also been released, much to the relief of Pittsburgh-area women. Seriously, what a chump). Other longtime Steelers who may have played their last games in black-and-gold include defensive lineman Casey Hampton, linebacker Larry Foote, and tackle Max Starks. Retaining younger free agents such as cornerback Keenan Lewis and guard Ramon Foster will likely be a higher priority.