Steelers Won’t Tag, No limit, Wake Forest Pro Day


The NFL free agency period is set to begin soon and you can bet that we won’t miss a beat of Steelers coverage. While the Steelers are looking to sign free agents, restructure and extend contracts and re-sign their own free agents we’ll be busy looking around for mentions of your Black & Gold. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Tuesday, March 3rd.

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No tags

The Steelers let the deadline to use either the franchise or transition tag on any player before they would be set to become a free agent come and go on Monday afternoon, per Ed Bouchette of the PPG. This means that linebacker Jason Worilds will definitely hit the free agent market if the team does not reach an agreement for a long-term deal with him beforehand.

Bouchette explains that the team hasn’t given up negotiations with Worilds, and has ample space under the salary cap to re-sign him. They should be creating more cap space within the next week with more restructures likely and they’ve yet to release expected cuts like Lance Moore and Cam Thomas.

No limits

Typically, the Steelers are known for not going out and spending top dollars on free agents and while that’s not expected to change anytime soon or at all, Mark Kaboly of the Trib explains that the Steelers aren’t going to limit themselves in free agency either. Last year, the team spent $38 million bringing in seven free agents from outside.

While they might not bring in that many this season, they will be hitting the free agent market with specific positions in mind; particularly cornerbacks and outside linebackers. With the amount of cap space they’ve already freed and the amount they’re expected to keep freeing up, it’s a possibility the Steelers could have the luxury of addressing those very high defensive needs in both free agency and the draft.

Steelers head to Wake Forest Pro Day

Now that the NFL Scouting Combine is over its Pro Day season and the Steelers will be sending scouts and team personnel all over the country to help put together their big board for April 30th. ESPN’s Scott Brown says that Steelers GM Kevin Colbert, defensive backs coach Carnell Lake, player personnel coordinator Dan Rooney Jr. and pro personnel coordinator Brandon Hunt all attended Wake Forest’s pro day.

The team is in North Carolina looking at Kevin Johnson, one of the top rated cornerbacks in the draft. Johnson ran a 4.52 40-yard dash with a vertical leap of 41 ½ inches. The 6’0”, 188-lb defensive back is expected to go in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, but after top-rate corner Trae Waynes, out of Michigan State.

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