Every team in the league, in every offseason, has a list of their own players that are set to hit the free agency market - some more than others. The New York Giants, for example, have other a dozen unrestricted free agents to tend to.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are no different, and they have a number of notable free agents this offseason that they must make a decision on in a year where they have very little money to spend. Many of them are starters, some, of course, more important than others.
Among those starting free agents are left tackle Max Starks, guard Ramon Foster, running back Rashard Mendenhall, wide receiver Mike Wallace, nose tackle Casey Hampton, cornerback Keenan Lewis, and linebacker Larry Foote. It is well within the realm of possibility that none of these players return.
Many other key players, such as safety Will Allen, who started seven games last season, backup quarterbacks Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich, interior offensive lineman Doug Legursky, wide receiver Plaxico Burress, and long snapper Greg Warren, are among the 18 total unrestricted free agents that the Steelers must evaluate. Which ones should be their highest priority to retain? Which are within the realm of possibility, and which are all but gone? This list tries to decipher the mess.