I hope you were sitting down. That headline could be a little jarring for the faint of heart.
Of course, I say that with as much sarcasm as I can possible convey on the Internet. Speaking with the media today, Kevin Colbert addressed several topics, including keeping their long-standing tradition of being relatively inactive in free agency. Here’s a tweet from Dale Lolley of the Observer-Reporter.
Colbert said #Steelers will largely look to fill holes from within. Didn't sound like team would be major players in FA – again
— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) February 16, 2016
None of this should be a surprise and as we’ve written and talked about, the emphasis is likely to be on re-signing their own players than bringing in people from outside the organization. William Gay, Ramon Foster, Steve McLendon, and Robert Golden all figure to be at the top of the team’s list and losing any of those four would open up an immediate starting spot at their position. None should break the bank, fitting right into the team’s wheelhouse of being thrifty spenders this time of year.
And though many people and sites will tantalize you with names like Josh Norman and Eric Berry, the reality is those players are just a pipedream and the closest they’ll get to Pittsburgh is whenever they visit as an opponent for a game. It’s why it’s important to be pragmatic with the names suggested, and why my list looked so “boring.” Boring is the Steelers’ motto, and why I get excited over the idea of Leger Douzable, Billy Winn, or Shareece Wright.
For my shameless plug, refer back to my free agency wishlist I wrote up last week for practical options the Steelers could look at once free agency opens up. There are 19 names and none will be cost-prohibitive for the team, making them much more likely options for the one or two moves the team does decide to make.