Free-agent departures have become a rite of spring in recent years for the cap-strapped Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Steelers have some hard choices to make, but there are some free agents they can’t afford to lose.
We’ve ranked the Steelers’ top 18 unrestricted free agents, as indicated by Spotrac, in order of priority. The higher they rank, the more important it is to keep them.
Linebacker Jamaal Westerman, offensive tackle Rashad Butler and cornerback Justin King aren’t included on this list. To make the list, a player had to have appeared in a game for the Steelers at one time or another.
This list is a countdown, so the players are ranked from least important to most important.
18. Mat McBriar
The Steelers have to start from scratch at the punter position. They need to sign one in free agency or pick one among undrafted free agents.
17. Felix Jones
Believe it or not, Jones was taken one pick before Rashard Mendenhall in the 2008 draft. He’s never had more than 800 yards in a seaso...