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2015 NFL Free Agency: Which Steelers are poised to enter free agency this offseason

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An 11-5 campaign ended with a 30-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, and with it begins what will be a key offseason for the defending AFC North champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

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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

Jason Worilds OLB UFA
Ike Taylor CB UFA
Will Allen S UFA
James Harrison OLB UFA
Matt Spaeth TE UFA
Greg Warren LS UFA
Arthur Moats OLB UFA
Brice McCain CB UFA
Darrius Heyward-Bey WR UFA
Michael Palmer TE UFA
Clifton Geathers DE UFA
Josh Harris RB ERFA
Robert Golden S RFA
Antwon Blake CB RFA
Will Johnson FB RFA
Terence Garvin LB ERFA
Bryant Browning OL ERFA
Christopher Hubbard OG ERFA
Brad Wing P ERFA

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