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2013 Steelers free agency news

The Steelers face a few important questions this offseason, and none of them involve a certain wide receiver who's set to hit the free agent market this February.

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All Steelers free agency moves UPDATED 5/1

A list of all the moves the Steelers have made so far in free agency, as well as a few others that have been rumored.

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Harrison denies hatred toward Steelers

Several reports claiming Harrison passionately hated his previous employers in Pittsburgh struck a nerve with his former fanbase. The new Bengals linebacker is now trying to extinguish those flames.

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Harrison and Bengals report good visit

As the AFC North merry-go-round continues its circular trajectory, Harrison is expressing optimism after his visit with Cincinnati on Thursday; and so are Dey.

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Harrison visits Bengals

After striking out in Baltimore, Harrison is now exploring an opportunity with yet another AFC North rival.

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Bradshaw and Steelers will have a second date

Does the possibility of extra salary cap space being open rekindle the interest between the Steelers and free agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw?

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Report: Sanders signs with Patriots

The Steelers have five days to match, but amount of contract isn't expected to "scare" the Steelers.

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Big Ben and Steelers will miss Wallace

The Steelers franchise quarterback and part-time Captain Obvious talked with Miami media about how the departure of Mike Wallace will affect both teams moving forward.

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Stephens-Howling, from the Cardinals perspective

Jess Root, editor of SB Nation's Cardinals site, talks about free agent running back LaRod Stephens-Howling, and how a player can be worth more than the contract he'll eventually sign.

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LaRod Stephens-Howling in for visit

The Steelers entertain the second former Cardinals running back this offseason.

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Steelers visit with LB Tavares Gooden

The Steelers reportedly visited with the free agent linebacker Gooden, but he isn't expected to sign in wake of the signing of LB Stevenson Sylvester.

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Steelers sign Stevenson Sylvester

Looking to bolster depth, the team adds the veteran inside linebacker they elected not to sign in restricted free agency.

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Steelers tell Bradshaw they'll talk in a few weeks

A contract wasn't offered to Bradshaw, with a source citing results from his physical being the deterrent, but the team will check his progress in a few weeks, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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James Sanders has parallels with Ryan Clark

The Steelers like having smart and experienced back-up safeties, and with the recent injury history of Troy Polamalu and the fact Ryan Clark can't play in Denver, signing an insurance policy like James Sanders makes sense.

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What is Redman waiting for?

It makes little sense why a NFL running back nearing the age of 30, would not sign the team's RFA tender - especially considering the team has been flirting with another back in free-agency.

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Breaking down the broken down Ahmad Bradshaw

How much value would free agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw bring to the Steelers in the event the team signed him? He visited with the team Thursday but did not sign a contract.

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Veteran S Sanders visited Steelers Thursday

Lost in the all of the Bradshaw hoopla on Thursday was another free-agent visiting the Steelers, from a position with plenty of opportunity for employment.

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Ahmad Bradshaw takes physical, no contract

Bradshaw apparently came in to Pittsburgh, but according to a report Thursday evening, Bradshaw left without having signed a contract.

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Will Allen signs with Cowboys

After bailing Pittsburgh out as they went without Polamalu for most of 2012, the former Steelers and Buccaneers safety starts a new chapter in his career.

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Ahmad Bradshaw to visit with Steelers

While the free-agency firestorm has begun to flicker out, it is still fanning embers in Pittsburgh of a possible need at running back.

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Steelers interested in Dwight Freeney

The Steelers are linked to free agent defensive end Dwight Freeney. While he doesn't appear to be the Freeney who notched double-digits sacks like it was nothing anymore, it's an intriguing option for the pass rush-starved Steelers.

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To the fans, business is always personal

Week 1 of the NFL free agency period saw many players around the league--including several Steelers--sign with other clubs, reminding us all that, while the fans may care very deeply about their favorite players, the athletes often take a business-like approach to their careers.

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Is Deebo debating retirement?

Perhaps this author is reading too much in between the lines of a Tweet; but, one can't help but wonder if the living legend is re-evaluating his future, as focused as he is on the upcoming ruling over low blocks.

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If Long, why not Max?

The Steelers were recently tied to the bidding war over LT Jake Long. If they needed a new LT, what is wrong with their old one?

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Steelers Chip on Colon's shoulder

A big man is carrying a big chip on his shoulder, after getting unceremoniously dumped by his former employer. In 2013, the Steelers will be fueling the fire inside Colon.

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Steelers linked with Elvis Dumervil

"Interested" is an open-ended word. While teams may be interested in lots of players, how realistic the possibility of that player joining that team is another matter. Such may be the case with Elvis Dumervil and his alleged target of interest from the Steelers.

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Steelers interested in Ahmad Bradshaw

ESPN's Adam Schefter Tweeted Sunday the Steelers and the Green Bay Packers have interest in the former Giants running back.

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Steelers' moves system, not talent based

The Steelers are putting a unique spin on an original story, bringing up shades of Norman Dale in Hickory, Ind.

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Sanders to Patriots is no reason to panic

Steeler Nation is still reeling from a devastating series of free-agency haymakers over the past week, and many feel they are facing a fatal blow with another player on the brink of escape. Keep calm, and Go Steelers.

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The Calculus of an NFL Compensatory Pick

Is the NFL’s granting of “compensation” for losing free agents the equivalent of a Wimpy "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today"?

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Free Agency, Week 1. One fan's reaction timeline

A (mostly) satirical look at one fan's reactions to the rather dubious first week of NFL free agency for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Matt Spaeth? Steelers Fans, You're In Luck!

In which the author demonstrates, via the stats she loves so much, why this is a much more exciting signing than it seems at first glance.

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Steelers Free Agency Recap Day 4

The Steelers add some more depth at tight end while one of two remaining Young Money receivers looks elsewhere for a long-term deal.

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Steelers sign TE Matt Spaeth

Another former Steelers player comes back.

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Colon signs with NY Jets

Mere days after Colon was released on a June 1st designation, the Jets scooped him up continuing their appreciation of under-appreciated left guards.

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Would Steelers match a Patriots offer to Sanders?

If the Patriots are willing to part with a 3rd round pick, Pittsburgh's tenuous cap situation could make it difficult to match.

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Patriots Have Traveled this Road Before

The Patriots have looked to restricted free agents before when they found themselves in need of a wide receiver. Is Emmanuel Sanders the next Wes Welker in New England? And will the Steelers have the same regrets Miami had?

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Sanders meeting with Patriots

Sanders was given an original round tender in restricted free agency. The Patriots lost WR Wes Welker already, and are thin at the position.

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What Lewis and Gay say about secondary

A player who looked like the future of the franchise last season, will be playing for someone else this year. Is it because his original team couldn't afford him, he didn't want to be there or the team just didn't need him?

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Steelers Free Agency Day 3 recap

The Steelers are still down a few starters, but they are looking to continue negotiations with a few players, and could have some new roster additions by the end of today.

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Rooney: Releases aren't part of the job you enjoy

The Steelers are in the midst of reconstructive surgery. President Art Rooney II says it's not easy, but it's something they must do every year.

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Saints sign Keenan Lewis

Lewis' contract is for 5 years, $26 million with $10.5 million guaranteed, and he reportedly did give the Saints a hometown discount.

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Details of new Wallace contract

The disgruntled receiver had a plan heading into free-agency, and he was going to cash in on his electrifying speed; but after examining his new contract, did he actually get a good deal?

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UPDATE: Giants sign Ryan Mundy

Steelers safety Ryan Mundy is joining the NY Giants after spending four seasons with the team that drafted him in 2008.

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TE Kellen Davis in Pittsburgh to talk contract

The former Bears tight end was linked with the Steelers last season before re-signing with Chicago. He'll reportedly be in Pittsburgh today to discuss a contract.

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Steelers Free Agency Day 2 recap

Back-up quarterbacks and long-snappers isn't exactly huge news, but the Steelers are clearly more active in this free agency period than they have been in a long time.

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Free agent OLB Victor Butler set to visit Steelers

A teammate of cornerback Keenan Lewis's at Oregon State, Butler was a fourth round pick in 2009, and has performed fairly well in his time with Dallas.

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Steelers re-sign Greg Warren

The Steelers moved to address a vital empty spot on the roster by re-signing the player who has done it well enough to remain virtually invisible his entire career.

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Keenan Lewis talking with the Saints

The Steelers free agent cornerback is in his hometown of New Orleans talking to the Saints about a contract.

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Harrison's agent still talking to Ravens

Several Ravens cashed in on their recent Super Bowl championship through free-agency contracts with new teams. A former Pittsburgh player may be trying to cash in on Baltimore's fortuitous misfortune.

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Mendenhall signs with Cardinals

The Arianzona Stealers are at it again, this time acquiring another former Pittsburgh player who was desperately seeking a new beginning, after his first attempt didn't meet expectations.

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Willie Colon released

Colon has been released as a post-June 1 designation - he is free to sign with another team, however nothing about his cap number changes for now. But come June, the team can get $5.5M in cap space for this year by pushing the rest of the hit into 2014.

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Steelers Sign Bruce Gradkowski

Gradkowski has spent the last two years in Cincinnati, and now returns to the place he played high school ball.

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Steelers Active in First Day of Free Agency

The Steelers were uncharacteristically active in reports on the first day of Free Agency. They signed a few of their own, but were linked to many more new faces.

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Where in the world is Rashard Mendenhall?

Multiple reports, sometimes from the same publication, link Mendenhall to multiple places, but that's free agency news. Denver and Arizona are said to be in hot pursuit of the former Steelers first round pick.

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Steelers set to release Willie Colon

A report indicates Steelers offensive guard Willie Colon will be released today as a post-June 1 designation, meaning the Steelers will save $5.5 million against the salary cap in 2013.

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Foster: 'I need to be consistent in all facets'

The Steelers inked the veteran guard to a three-year deal in wake of free agency, one of several moves the team would end up making in one of the most active transaction days in team history.

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Bruce Gradkowski to meet with Steelers

Gradkowski, a Pittsburgh native, is meeting with the Steelers this week after spending two seasons in Cincinnati.

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Steelers sign David Johnson to one-year deal

Johnson was poised to be the team's starting fullback in 2012 before a torn ACL ended his season in the first preseason game.

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Mike Wallace signs with Dolphins

Wallace's deal is for five years and $65 million, with $30 million guaranteed.

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Rumor: Beanie Wells to Pittsburgh?

The free agency rumor mill is under way, as one source has linked Beanie Wells with the Steelers and Bengals.

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Larry Foote re-signs with the Steelers

Larry Foote was rumored to be heading to Arizona as recently as a few hours ago, but instead will remain in Pittsburgh.

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Plaxico Burress to return

Steelers have re-signed Plaxico Burress to a one-year deal.

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Steelers set up visit with LB Dan Connor

The free agent inside linebacker Connor, formerly of the Cowboys and Panthers, could fill a solid tackling presence in the middle of the Steelers defense.

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Vikings could outbid Dolphins for Wallace

Following a trade sending Percy Harvin to Seattle, the Dolphins fear the Vikings are about to start a bidding war for Wallace in an attempt to ruin any previously rumored agreements between Mike and Miami.

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Wallace, Lewis set to move on

It's a business, and the former high school teammates Keenan Lewis and Mike Wallace look to move on from their four-year stays in Pittsburgh. The Steelers are looking long-term at both positions, and their actions speak to the direction of the franchise.

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Momma's Free Agent Picks for 2013

In which the rigorous metric of BLA (Best Looking Player Available) has been applied to this season's crop of free agents.

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Cardinals linked to Mendenhall

With a former coach now running the show in Glendale, the Cardinals are reportedly interested in the services of Mendenhall, a player who had 2,200 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns from 2010-11 in Pittsburgh.

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Dwyer signs his RFA tender

Jonathan Dwyer is a man on a mission with a point to prove. First things first, show the Steelers money is not an issue, as they give him the ultimate opportunity to be a premier back in the NFL

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Steelers Free Agency: Steelers re-sign Foster

Adam Schefter reports and Gerry Dulac confirms the team has re-signed the reliable veteran offensive lineman who only wanted to stay.

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Steelers free agency summary

In case you missed it over the weekend, here's a run-down of the news associated with the Steelers unrestricted free agents, and the teams from whom those players are getting interest.

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Big Snack has slim chance of staying in Pittsburgh

With all the talk surrounding the expected departures of soon-to-be free-agents, one player has been excluded from the banter; which could signal an impending career change.

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Harrison has several teams he'd love to play for

It was Cleveland earlier, now it's Baltimore. We suggest his agent, Bill Parise, send out a form letter informing 31 teams in the NFL he would "love to play for" them.

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Broncos have interest in Mendenhall

A second AFC team has been linked to running back Rashard Mendenhall in wake of free agency.

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Browns have an interest in Keenan Lewis

Cleveland has the cap space, and are reportedly planning to use it this free agency period.

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Mike Wallace market could go to $13 million a year

A National Football Post report says "those who should know" are speculating wide receiver Mike Wallace will get a contract on average of more than $13 million a season.

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Harrison 'would love to play for the Browns'

Browns looking to shell out some cash this free agency period, and they've reportedly set their sights on a few players within the AFC North.

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Dolphins interested in Mendenhall, says report

The Arizona Cardinals are known as Steelers West for the amount of former Steelers players and coaches among their franchise. Miami is apparently looking to grab the flag of Steelers Southeast.

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5 teams that could be interested in James Harrison

Harrison turned down a 30 percent paycut with the chance to earn it back with the Steelers. It remains to be seen whether he'll get that money from somewhere else, but teams will definitely be interested.

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Dolphins still top mammals in Wallace hunt

The Miami Dolphins are considered the front-runners to sign free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace.

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Steelers let Sylvester, Kapinos walk in RFA

Electing not to offer him a restricted free agency tender, linebacker Sylvester Stevenson will search through free agency for a new job.

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Steelers give low-level tenders on three players

Steve McLendon, Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman all receive low-level tenders for $1.3 million in restricted free agency. Dwyer would return a sixth-round pick by a team willing to sign him to an offer the Steelers would want to refuse. Nothing would come for Redman or McLendon.

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Who would you sign if you were in charge?

Hypothetically, let's say the Steelers have $15 million in cap space and its current situation is intact. Even more hypothetically, you are in charge of the team's roster. Who would you sign and for how much?

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Patriots reportedly interested in signing Wallace

Maybe New England is looking to load up for another run for that fourth ring with aging QB Tom Brady. Or, maybe they're just looking to drive up the market price for Mike Wallace's services.

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Steelers tell Foster they will make an offer

The Steelers have leaned on offensive guard Ramon Foster several times in his four-year tenure in Pittsburgh, and they're asking him to hold out a little while longer before they make him an offer. Other teams are pursuing the versatile guard, though.

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Five top targets for Steelers WR Mike Wallace

Several months of speculation comes down to the next few days for soon-to-be-former Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace.

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Midnight coming fast for Ramon Foster

It doesn't look like Steelers guard Ramon Foster will play a fifth year in Pittsburgh, but the two sides are talking about a deal.

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Steelers asking Harrison to take pay cut

How much will James Harrison accept to play in Pittsburgh this season? The two sides appear to be at a standoff, and that could lead to his release.

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Miami appears in front of Wallace free agency race

A new report confirms the belief that Mike Wallace will be the big money-winner in this year's free agency grab, likely to sign with the Miami Dolphins when the free agency period begins March 12.

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Market comp just pushed Wallace's price higher

Mike Wallace’s foray into the free agency market begins March 12, but a data point has already been set that will bring a smile to this Young Money free agent.

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He could be (Silver) back for 2013

Things are starting to look better for a return of, a possibly healthy, James Harrison

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Steelers won't use franchise tag in 2013

Barring a last-second contract extension offer to any one of several unrestricted free agents, the Steelers will prepare to enter the start of the league season as a few players look to sign elsewhere.

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Report: Wallace top free agent target available

Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace is listed as the top free agent available in this year's market. It'll most likely be one of the last times we'll see his name with the word "Steelers" before it without the word "former" in front of it.

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Steelers bringing back William Gay fits with past

The Steelers got the band back together before the 2010 season, re-signing multiple former players to help get the team back on track after a rough 2009 year. There are some shades of that mentality in the re-signing of cornerback William Gay.

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Steelers expected to re-sign William Gay

After spreading his wings and flying the coop, a prodigal Cardinal is coming back home to roost where his NFL career began.

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Steelers pass on Steve Breaston

The two sides met but did not come to an agreement on a contract to bring Breaston into the fold as the Steelers newest wide receiver.

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Charlie Batch is planning return in 2013

Even though many believed his emotional win over the Ravens in Week 13 was the final of his career, Batch seems pretty confident he will be on the roster when the 2013 season opens.

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Emmanuel Sanders gets engaged

Sanders is a restricted free-agent in a year he is expected to be a co-starter at receiver. On Thursday, he officially added another reason to why he needs to have a breakout year.

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Keenan Lewis hints at 'a secret'

Lewis did not announce some really big news on Thursday. Lewis did not give Steelers fans reason to believe he may be close to signing a new contract. Lewis did say whatever it wasn't, it was big.

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Steelers claim QB Wilson off waivers

With only one quarterback under contract for the 2013 season, the Steelers put in the only claim for the recently waived Jaguars' backup.

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Steve Breaston to meet with Steelers today

The displaced Breaston returns home to discuss a deal with the Steelers. He reportedly will meet with Cleveland on Wednesday, assuming he doesn't get the offer he wants in Pittsburgh.

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Brown admits Wallace awkwardness

When one player held out of training camp because he had not received what he believed was an appropriate offer, the new contract went to the next man in line; which may have contributed to alleged team fractures.

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Breaston to talk with Steelers at Combine

Reports from the combine are placing the free-agent receiver in talks with the teams front-office at the combine before it concludes. How will it affect the roster?

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Dwyer: 'they told us to sub out'

Steelers restricted free agent and leading rusher Jonathan Dwyer had the unfortunate stigma of being caught on camera pulling his jersey - an indication he's requesting to be removed from a game. He says it's what the running backs were told to do in 2012.

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Dolphins set their sights on Mike Wallace

Previously linked to an AFC North rival, another AFC team has set its sights on the speedy, troubled free-agent receiver.

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Foote talking money with Steelers

The veteran confirmed his agent is active in negotiations with the Steelers over a new contract, marking the first official mention of a possible free-agent re-signing.

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Franchise tagging begins Monday

NFL team can begin using the franchise tag on their potential free agents Feb. 18.

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Steelers could add high compensatory picks in 2014

The NFL keeps the exact formula for determining its compensatory picks awarded for teams that lost players to free agency a secret, but judging on the recent past, the Steelers could bring in a few additional picks in the 2014 NFL Draft.

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The peril and promise of cutting James Harrison

Age and injury are catching up with James Harrison. The Steelers over the salary cap and liquidating Harrison's salary would give them precious space. Letting Harrison go might be the right move but, before taking that boat, Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin would be wise to review what happened when Bill Cowher and Tom Donahoe were in a similar situation 17 years ago.

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Richard Sherman likes Keenan Lewis

Evidently, Steeler Fans aren't the only people who think highly of the team's second string cornerback. Could words of praise from other players inflate his market value and deflate any chance for Pittsburgh to re-sign him?

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Two running backs in RFA, do you keep either?

The Steelers have difficult salary cap-based decisions to make and one position that gets fairly expensive in restricted free agency based on production is running back. Is it time to scrap them all and start over?

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Knox validates Wallace fears

With a roster grown fat with aging defensive veterans and their championship-worthy salaries, the Steelers found themselves stretching the elasticity of the NFL salary cap Speedo teams are forced to perform within. The team was doing everything it could to keep itself together, hoping nothing unfortunate slipped out the sides along the way.

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Top free agency targets for Mike Wallace

Why is Cleveland quickly becoming the rumored target of choice for the soon-to-be-former Steelers wide receiver? Miami, Cincinnati and Indianapolis all have a fortune in cap space as well, and you have to consider his former offensive coordinator in Arizona as a candidate.

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James Harrison says he won't take a paycut

The Steelers and one of the best linebackers the franchise has ever had are at an impasse. It doesn't seem his release is a question as much as it's a certainty now.

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Signing Plaxico Burress may be a good option

With only two receivers who saw time last year currently signed to the roster, and an inexpensive price tag with no risk involved, the Steelers may find some value in giving WR Plaxico Burress an offseason to work his way into prominence.

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The price of veterans may be the Steelers youth

The Steelers saw Keenan Lewis turn into one of the emerging cornerbacks in the league in 2012. In the past, they had those players on the cheap for more than one season. Looking down the line, their decision to restructure and keep several veteran players around may cut short their ability to get talented younger players on the field when they're cheap.

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Steelers free agency 2013: Starks likely gone

The Steelers may have to face the prospect that repeated free agent Max Starks will not be available to bail them out in 2013 the way he did in 2011-12.

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Steelers Free Agency: Will Harrison be back?

There are lots of questions to answer for the Steelers this offseason. Another transition period is underway, and many veteran players are on the block. Outside linebacker James Harrison is one of them.

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Ramon Foster wants to return to Steelers in 2013

A former All-SEC player from the University of Tennessee sounds willing to volunteer his services with the Pittsburgh Steelers through the future.

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Keenan Lewis optimistic about return to Steelers

One of the brightest stars of the league's best pass, and overall defense, took to social media on Tuesday to set the record straight on his future.

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Steelers 2013 free agent breakdown

The Steelers face a few important questions this offseason, and none of them involve a certain wide receiver who's set to hit the free agent market this February.

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