Steelers GM Kevin Colbert addressed a number of topics during today’s press conference, per Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. One interesting note in particular is that Colbert mentioned that he doesn’t foresee them re-signing any of the teams unrestricted free agents before the start of free agency.
It’s not surprising that he’ll allow players like OT Max Starks, DB William Gay, and WR Jerricho Cotchery test the market but it could allow Mike Wallace to field offers from other teams because of his restricted free agent status. Pittsburgh has said that they intend to get him signed to a long-term deal and the franchise tag is in play, but they will have to continue creating more cap space before they address his future with the team.
With that being said, the easiest way to create cap space is by releasing some players. Colbert didn’t exactly deny that some big names could be released in the coming weeks.
“There are terminations in any season,” Colbert said. “Term it as you like, we’ll make the necessary adjustments to be in compliance with the cap and put the best team that we can on the field for 2012.”
“They’re all tough, really,” he said about the possibility of releasing some players. “When you’ve had success as we’ve been fortunate enough to have over the recent years, anybody who’s part of your team and you have to release them, that’s always tough.”