OK, so we know the Steelers
are all the way "up against" the salary cap right now, which limits them from making any roster moves other than league-minimum types. On June 1 though, they will get the $5.5M from Colon's release. Sure, they need some of that to sign the draft class, but after you consider the displacement of the salaries currently at the bottom of the "Rule of 51", I think we're only really talking about a $1.5M - $1.8M increase for the draft class. We will need to keep a little reserve for potential in-season moves if guys go on IR, and we could always roll whatever is left into 2014 (and yes, we'll need all the space we can get in 2014). But there could still be a little breathing room to sign 1 or 2 new (more than league-minimum) contracts in June.
So, what would you do? There are still some question marks on the roster, such as the depth at OT and ILB. But at this point, I think the Steelers are ready to roll with what they have, or possibly just sign a league-minimum guy for depth, which won't affect the cap.
I would like to see them use the extra cash to lock up 1 or 2 guys who are set to be free agents after 2013. Manny Sanders? Jason Worilds
? Jonathan Dwyer
? Ziggy Hood
? My first choice would be Sanders, but of course it takes 2 sides to reach a deal, and if his demands are too high, it might not happen.
What do you think they will do with the cap space? Sign someone who isn't currently on the roster? Extend someone's contract? Who would it be?