Steelers rumor roundup: Day one of free agent tampering

James Conner #30 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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Tyson Alualu #94 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) /

Steelers trying to bring back their own

With limited cap space comes some very difficult decisions about who you can bring back and at what cost. The Steelers will try their best to bring back as many of their own free agents as possible and a report by Gerry Dulac today just solidified that more. Dulac covers the team for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette so he is a reliable source to listen to. He tweeted out that the team is trying to focus on a specific group of their own free agents to re-sign. Those that are mentioned include the likes of Mike Hilton, Cam Sutton, Tyson Alualu, and Matt Feiler. These are not shoe-ins to come back but the team is trying hard to continue their relationship. It is unlikely that they could sign all of these players and it is still possible that they lose most of the names listed above.

It is going to be hard for Pittsburgh to retain some of their expiring free agents because the cap situation is so difficult. They should be able to bring back some of those in that group of names but it will take some time. Expect Alualu and one of Hilton or Sutton to re-sign with the team before free agency officially begins its signing period.

Update: Matt Feiler signed a three-year $21 million deal with the Los Angeles Chargers and Cam Sutton re-signed with the Steelers on a deal worth $9 million over two years.

Update: Tyson Alualu signed a 2-year, $6 million deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars