Wednesday, January 16, 2013
How Steelers will handle UFAs
By Tom Carpenter
The Pittsburgh Steelers have quite a number of starters who will become unrestricted free agents this offseason, including Mike Wallace, Keenan Lewis, Max Starks, Rashard Mendenhall, Casey Hampton, Larry Foote and Ramon Foster. When speaking with reporters Wednesday, general manager Kevin Colbert made it sound as if he is prepared to let all of them test the market, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette.
"We won't know what an individual player will cost until he gets out there," Colbert said. "Going into this thing, we're not married to anybody."
Colbert added that it is "very doubtful" that they will use the franchise tag to keep any of them in the fold for 2013. That means that it is highly unlikely that Wallace will return to the Steelers next season. There will be a lot of teams interested in his services, and franchises like the Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins will be among the teams with the requisite salary-cap room to make a serious bid for his services.