Team Needs: Pittsburgh Steelers
By: Jake Russell @_JakeRussell
Posted: 2007-03-11
Category: Washington Redskins News
Between now and the 2007 NFL Draft, THN will be taking a look at all of the NFL teams’ off-season needs. Up next is the team with the fifteenth overall pick in the draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

2006 Results: 8-8, 3rd in AFC North
2007 Projected Cap Status: $ 105,900,000 ($3.1 million in cap space)

2006 Season Recap:

The Steelers failed to build upon their Super Bowl XL championship despite finishing in the top ten in both total offense and total defense. After enduring a miserable offseason headlined by a motorcycle accident and the belief by many that he was rushed back into action too quickly, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger struggled, throwing 23 interceptions. Running back Willie Parker had a very strong year, rushing for 1,494 yards and 13 touchdowns. But on top of missing out on a winning record and the playoffs in 2006, Pittsburgh now has to adjust to the losses of head coach Bill Cowher and highly regarded assistants Russ Grimm and Ken Whisenhunt. There was plenty of turnover with the coaching staff that came along with the hiring of new head coach Mike Tomlin.

Team Needs:

1. Outside Linebacker – Tomlin will implement the 3-4 defense along with the 4-3 defense this season, requiring agile, athletic linebackers who can also play defensive end. Recent history proves that Pittsburgh has had success with converting undersized college defensive ends in to Pro Bowl outside linebackers in the NFL.

2. Defensive End – See "outside linebacker."

3. Offensive Line – The Steelers are expected to focus on their offensive line this offseason. Max Starks is a free agent and a replacement for retired center Jeff Hartings is needed.

2007 Draft Picks:
1st Round – 15th Overall
2nd Round – 46th Overall
3rd Round – 77th Overall
4th Round – 115th Overall
5th Round – 146th Overall
6th Round – 177th Overall
7th Round – 208th Overall

Free agency status:

UFA:
Bailey, Rodney DE
Brooks, Barrett OT
Brown, Chad LB
Carter, Tyrone S
Iwuoma, Chidi CB
Logan, Mike S
Morey, Sean WR/FL
St. Pierre, Brian QB

RFA:
Starks, Max OT

ERFA:
Harrison, Arnold LB
Warren, Greg LS
Washington, Nate WR/FL
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