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7 Steps to a 7th Super Bowl

Step 1

Cuts/Retirements

Troy Polamalu-We give him a chance to retire as a Steelers, but if he wants to keep playing then we have to cut him. Just cannot justify the cap hit for the diminished play. The end of a great era signals a beginning of a new amphibious defense.

Brett Keisel-The same as Polamalu, was still a productive player in passrush, but just gotta get younger. A sad day because he is one of my all-time favorite players.Fear The Beard!

Can Thomas-One of our flops in the free agency foray last year,he is just very inconsistent with his pad level with causes him to get pushed back 5 yards off the LOS,thanks for your service until Tuitt was ready, but there is the door.

Lance Moore-The other member of the free agency flop group. I was excited about this signing, but we now know we can get just as much production from a rookie or vet min. wideout.

Step 2

Restructures

Antonio Brown

Maurkice Pouncey

Marcus Gilbert

Step 3

5th Year Option Exercised

David DeCastro

Step 4

Extensions

Ben Roethlisberger-He is still a Super Bowl winning QB in the prime of his career, deserves every cent, just hoping that he doesn't outprice his cap number so that we can keep quality talent around him. Thrives is this offense, where he finally isnt getting beaten to pulp.

Can Heyward-A cornerstone of our new defense.An ascending player who is just becoming comfortable in all facets of the fame. We get an extension done including a lowering of his cap hit for 2015.

Kelvin Beachum-A pillar of our youthful offense, and a key cog to our improved pass protection last season. A hardworking and undervalued member to those outside the complex. The Steelers won't let him Free Agency, He will get paid accordingly.

Lawrence Timmons-I know somewhat of a surprising candidate for an extension, but from previous restructures he is carrying the 2nd highest cap hit on the team. I am seeing a somewhat similar ascension as James Farrior. A key leader to our fast,and youthful defense, so we ensure that he stays without such a high cap charge.

William Gay-The perennial punching bag for getting beat, but stepped up to be the most solid all-around CB on our roster so I say we give him a short term extension of maybe 2 years.

Step 5

Own Free Agents

LB-Arthur Moats-An ascending player, was toward the top in pass rushing efficiency according to pro football focus's metrics. In what was limited snaps, played well, especially considering he was signed as ILB depth. I loved him as a prospect coming out of James Madison in the draft,and I believe we could keep him for a third of what Jason Worilds will command, and we might get better production.

CB-Brice McCain-The one Free Agent to pan out last year we make a priority to resign. Is adept at zone coverage, and isn't afraid to mix it up in man. He showed an ability to actually produce turnovers. Is also versatile in the sense to slide in at nickel corner on third downs.I see a deal similar to the one Captain Munnerlyn signed with the Vikings.

RFA-CB-Antwon Blake-I think he gets a new contract,not just the tender. One of the key ascending players in our secondary and the special team units. The type of player you have on a quality Super Bowl contender.

TE-Matt Spaeth-One of the important blockers that helped spring the breakout performance of Le'Veon Bell this year. An imposing blocker as well as dependable hands.Nothing more than a 1yr vet min type deal.

S-Will Allen-A Mike Tomlin favorite. He played pretty well coming in for Polamalu when he was injured. Resigned to a 1yr vet min deal.

OLB-James Harrison-One of my all-time favorite players, mean and menacing still at an advanced age. Would be back in a pass rushing specialist role and in a leadership facet. 1 yr vet min type deal.

RFA-FB-Will Johnson-A valuable swiss army style player,as a FB,move TE, blocking back with underrated hands and athleticism. I believe he gets an extension and not the tender.

LS-Greg Warren-Dependable long snapper,with a rising cap hit even for vet min,but will be resigned but look for competition to be brought in via the UDFA route to see if they could cut costs.

WR-Darrius Heyward-Bey-Played well on special teams, and can be a quality number 4 wideout.1yr vet min deal.

Step 6

Outside Free Agents

FS-Rahim Moore-Denver Broncos-One of my targets for a Secondary that needs some help. First things first, our secondary coach Carnell Lake coached him at UCLA and that was the year he intercepted 10 passes. He is a ballhawk who can turn the tide on defense. Is an adept tackler,but will not lay the big hits some are accustomed to in our secondary. My theory is that we move Mike Mitchell to strong safety and then we could go with a back end similar to Seattle, with Moore playing the Earl Thomas Playmaker,and Mitchell playing the Kam Chancellor Enforcer role.

RB-Roy Helu Jr.-Washington Redskins-Another guy I really liked when he was coming out in the draft.Is a one-cut no nonsense downhill runner,who was a quality third down back for the Redskins. Runs with power,has surprising speed and shiftiness, good hands,and a quality pass protector.

Step 7

2015 NFL Draft

1st Round-Danny Shelton-Washington- A tremendous talent we need to acquire.Every time I see him I see Haloti Ngata.A true 3 down NT,Mike Mayock and co. keeps touting him as a top 10 pick, but a scout talking to NFL.com doesn't see it and neither do I. If need be we trade up for this playmaker, because McLendon's contract is up after 2015, and I believe McCullers is better in a Swing DL role.

2nd Round-Hau'oli Kikaha-OLB- Shelton's teammate comes to town with everything that the Steelers value as a pass rusher. He plays with a motor that never stops,a variety of pass rush moves,an ex judo champ so you know he has violent hand usage,and finally was a state champ wrester so he knows how to use leverage to his advantage. He drops this far due to 2 ACL tears and a little tightness when dropping into coverage.Reminds me of Clay Matthews.

3rd Round-Henry Anderson-DE-Stanford- I have watched gametape and he just will not give up on a play. Whether pass rush or run defense he is stout,strong,and uses his length to his advantage.Comparables to me are a poor mans J.J. Watt or Aaron Smith. I know some will say way too much invested on D-line,but. I believe we need to adopt the philosophy of the Ravens and Seahawks and keep rotating D-Lineman to keep them fresh. Or we could see a 4-3 concept of Tuitt-Heyward-Shelton-Anderson, wow that would generate some pass rush with kikaha,Harrison,timmons,shazier,moats,etc. mixing in at LB.

4th Round-Tony Lippett-WR/CB-Michigan State- Going back to a Tomlin favorite college, I actually would like to develop him as a tall lanky corner with ball skills i.e. Richards Sherman,but would be a core special teamed and do anything for the betterment of the team as evidenced by his willingness to play both ways in college.

5th Round-Nick Boyle-TE-Delaware- I have been watching the Senior Bowl prep,and was blown away with this kid. A big,versatile-lines up in-line,iso,or in the slot,physical blocker who has dependable hands and suprisong elusiveness. Stop me if this sounds like a certain TE on our roster(Heath Miller).

6th Round-Jamil Douglas-G/T-Arizona State-Played LT at Arizona State,but is exceptionally gifted athletically, can climb to the second level and bury LB or S,good foot quickness, needs to build strength and needs development. A nice piece of clay for Munchack to mold.

6th Round(compensatory)-David Johnson-RB-Northern Iowa-A big back with surprisingly good athleticism. Best hands for a RB in the draft who needs some work with pass protection,and consistently running behind his pads with power.

7th Round-Kyle Loomis-P-Portland State- Tremendous character player who left school to join the army after freshman year.Got another chance to punt once he joined Portland State and didn't dissapoint. Booms punts with a Big leg,and is equally adequate at dropping punts in before the goaline.Is going to be a 27yr old rookie,but as a punter who cares.Bye,Bye Brad Wing!

UDFA

LS-Andrew East-Vanderbilt-4 year dependable LS who isn't afraid to go make a tackle.

K-Tom Obarski-Concordia-Has a cannon for a leg with a 59 yard field goal on his resume,great at kickoffs as well. Was said to be putting on a show at Senior Bowl Booming 50 yard plus field goals with ease. Oh yeah and also is kicking outside in Minnesota in college so I would say he could handle the way Heinz Field plays.

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