Originally written April 14, 2012 on SteelerAddicts:
The Steelers love to sign players to long term deals during training camp and preseason. Last year was one for the ages with Lamarr Woodley, Lawrence Timmons, and Troy Polamalu all inking deals close to the start of the season as well as Ike Taylor’s new contract.  Arguably 4 of the more important players on the team, no question. This offseason the team is running tight against the cap again as we head closer towards the 2012 NFL draft. Nobody gave them a prayer to sign any extensions last year and they made it happen. There’s no reason to think it won’t happen again this summer too if they feel there are players worthy of the honor. There aren’t a lot of big names fortunately for the Steelers. The careful planning of Kevin Colbert and the rest of the front office made sure they took care of as much business as possible last season. Quite an extraordinary feat considering the lockout tied up nearly all of the offseason.  Many of those players agreed to contract restructures earlier...
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