The Pittsburgh Steelers hit free agency hard last year, bringing in a handful of veteran players to earn starting roles and improve depth.
Here is a position-by-position look at the Steelers depth chart going into this year's March 10 start of free agency.
PITTSBURGH -- Maurkice Pouncey is among the best centers in the NFL, so the Steelers are set at this position. And he has five years remaining on his huge salary, so the club has control over his future.
But what about the team's future at the position? Cody Wallace is part of the immediate future with two years left on his contract as a backup offensive lineman. He is a capable center and guard, which he played last year when Ramon Foster was injured. Wallace was solid in two starts.
There are no interior offensive linemen among the Steelers future players, so Pouncey and Wallace are all they have at center. Surely, some undrafted free agents will be signed after the upcoming NFL Draft, but with Pouncey in the fold for the long term a true center won't be selected with the Steelers top choices.
So, the Steelers likely will stand pat with Pouncey and Wallace at center this year. And that should be just fine, because Pouncey is spectacular. He earned Pro Bowl honors in each of his four full seasons. Pouncey missed nearly all of 2013 with a knee injury in the opener that year, but he had no problems with it last year on his way to a first-team All-Pro selection.
Wallace signed for $3.48 million prior to the 2014 season, so his salary is modest. He has good size and is rugged, an excellent combination for a Steelers interior lineman, so Wallace is an excellent backup for Pouncey.
And the Steelers are set at center for the foreseeable future.