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Steelers 2015 depth chart: Shaun Suisham is the most accurate kicker in team history

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Field goal kicking wasn't an issue for the Steelers in 2014, but punter Brad Wing could stand to step up in 2015.

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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 -- The Steelers specialists aren't likely to change, as place-kicker Shaun Suisham recently signed a long-term contract, while punter Brad Wing and long-snapper Greg Warren have one-year deals.

Suisham missed just three field goals last season (29-for-32) to become the most-accurate kicker in team history. He missed just two in 2013 (30-for-32) and received a four-year extension last year. Suisham is among a handful of the highest-paid kickers in the league despite primarily plying his craft at a venue that could be one of the toughest with swirling winds and poor field conditions.

Suisham will make nearly $2.6 million in base salary this year with a huge cap hit at $3.665 million. The cap hit the final three years of the contract is slightly less than $3 million for each. Suisham will be 37 when the agreement expires after the 2018 season.

Wing averaged 43.7 yards on 61 punts with four touchbacks, 20 landing inside the 20 and no blocks. However, he was the Steelers eighth punter in the past seven seasons, thanks to the events of the previous two when the club changed booters as often as the Cleveland Browns did quarterbacks.

Richie Leone from Houston, who was a rookie with the Baltimore Ravens last year, was signed to a future contract by the Steelers. Some believed Leone would challenge veteran Sam Koch last year, but he didn't. Maybe the 6-foot-3, 214-pounder at least push the scrawny Wing this spring and summer.

Warren was re-signed to a one-year contract after 10 seasons as the Steelers' long-snapper. He appeared in all 17 games last year and has 149 regular-season career games with the club.