The headliner of this group, in terms of outside interest, is clearly outside linebacker Jason Worilds. While his 2014 production didn't match that of 2013, Worilds is a young and capable pass rusher in a league that hugely emphasizes pass rushing. Judging by the nature of the Steelers' season-ending loss to Baltimore, a Catch-22 is created.
The Steelers need pass rushing help, but Worilds was part of that problem, and it's difficult to see how he'd be the solution to it as well. It all will depend on the kinds of dollars he's looking to make, as it would seem reasonable, based on potential and previous track record, he will get offers putting him into the higher range of edge outside linebackers in the NFL.
The Steelers will only have one outside linebacker currently on their 53-man roster signed for next season, Jarvis Jones. James Harrison will reportedly consider coming back but he is a free agent, as is Arthur Moats. It would seem the Steelers would want to bring at least one of them back.
Cornerback Brice McCain likely leads the list of internal free agents the team wants to bring back. Antwon Blake will likely receive a tender offer as a restricted free agent.
Tight end Matt Spaeth will also rank highly on the priority list, as will Will Johnson.
List of Steelers Free Agents
As of Jan. 4, 2015