Steelers Decide to Play Waiting Game With Free Agents
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that left tackle Jonathan Scott is the only one of the Steelers' 14 potentially unrestricted free agents that the team has opened negotiations with. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Steelers are also planning to place a franchise tag on outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley which would largely ensure that he will remain a Steeler.
The lack of a new collective bargaining agreement has made things difficult for all teams and players. Without any firm information about the makeup of the new rules, teams do not know if there will be a salary cap (or how the rules of the salary cap will be determined) or even how many years of service a player needs to be an unrestricted free agent. The franchise tags are potentially just as confusing -- while the Steelers may decide to franchise Woodley, there is no guarantee that the new CBA will even include franchise tags.
But the Steelers decision to largely wait on contract talks will make it even tougher to keep some key members of the Steelers AFC championship club -- like Ike Taylor and William Gay -- when the new CBA is reached.