Steel City wake-up: morning links
It is only March, which is why Mike Tomlin is not worried about the roster coming together.
The Steelers have depth concerns at a number of positions but Tomlin said at the NFL owners meetings that the team will add 10 more players through free agency and the draft.
Defensive line is one area that the Steelers have to address, even though they have already signed Cam Thomas to provide depth at end. The Steelers lost defensive ends Ziggy Hood and Al Woods earlier this month, and the latter’s departure came as a surprise.
The Steelers were unaware that Woods was seriously negotiating with the Tennessee Titans until it was too late, reports Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
With the Steelers focused on filling holes on their roster, there doesn’t appear to be any hurry to re-sign quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to a long-term contract. General manager Kevin Colbert acknowledged that the two sides could get a new deal done, but the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Alan Robinson doesn’t expect it to happen anytime soon.
The Steelers are keeping their options open in regard to James Harrison, who has made it clear he would like to return to Pittsburgh after spending last season in Cincinnati.
Colbert said bringing back Harrison is a possibility but it doesn’t sound like anything is imminent on that front.
The Steelers need depth at outside linebacker with Chris Carter the only backup behind starters Jason Worilds and Jarvis Jones. The Steelers released LaMarr Woodley earlier this month and Colbert said the team cut ties with the seventh-year veteran so it would have more flexibility to sign free agents.