Between now and the March 11 start of free agency in the NFL, the Steelers “have some work to do to be in compliance” with the salary cap that could include contract “terminations, restructures and extensions” along with players taking pay cuts, general manager Kevin Colbert said. “We think everything will be manageable,” said Colbert, speaking Wednesday to a handful of writers at the team’s offices on the South Side. Some of that could be painful as veteran players are released while under contract or not re-signed when their contracts expire March 11, as the Steelers have done the past few years with notoriety. However, Colbert said they are in discussions with some of their own impending free agents to see if they can sign them to new contracts. “It’s safe to say we’re exploring different ideas with different players,” Colbert said, adding that there is a “distinct possibility” they could sign some before they would become free agents. One of those high on their list is Jason Worilds, although Colbert did not single him out. Previously, team president Art Rooney II mentioned Worilds as one the team would like to keep. There has been a debate whether the team would keep Worilds or 29-year-old LaMarr Woodley, who lost his longtime position at left outside linebacker to the younger player during the 2013 season. Asked if both could be kept, Colbert answered, “Could we? Yes.” However, Colbert acknowledged Woodley’s injuries that have caused him to miss 14 full games and parts of others over the past three seasons are a concern.
Salary cap could force Steelers to make cuts
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Feb 13