Saturday passes with no Steelers roster activity

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sport

The Steelers aren't required to wait to sign their own free agents, and they don't have to wait past 4 p.m. ET Tuesday to sign the free agents from other teams, so a stance of patience isn't surprising.

While the Steelers could not sign free agents outside of their own, a move or two was expected Saturday.

The contract situation of Ike Taylor still remains up in the air, with talks expected to take place surrounding Taylor restructuring his deal, or facing release. Taylor has an $11.9 million cap hit in 2014, $7 million of that is roster salary.

Taylor will  likely be asked to take a reduction or be released.

Outside linebacker Jason Worilds is still carrying his $9.75 million transition tag with him, and the signing of the extension he's expected to get would drop that amount significantly on a projected four-year deal with $10-12 million in bonuses and first year salary.

These moves aren't guaranteed, obviously, and with the Steelers being under the salary cap as of Sunday, it's not as if they need to make these moves now. It'd be a courtesy to Taylor, giving him the chance to sniff out other suitors should he not accept a pay cut from the Steelers. Unless the Steelers feel the need to dive into free agency at 4 p.m. Tuesday, the first time players can be signed, they aren't moves that need to be made.

But perhaps making them now would indicate the team does wish to at least have the opportunity to conduct business Tuesday, should they want to. There's no rule against signing lower dollar free agents on the first day, but the Steelers tend to want to continue discussions with their own free agents after they've had a chance to feel out the market.

In that, perhaps there's still a few internal moves being discussed.

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