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Pittsburgh Steelers' position outlook: interior offensive linemen

2/13/2015

Under contract: Maurkice Pouncey, Ramon Foster, David DeCastro, Cody Wallace and Chris Hubbard are all signed for at least 2015.

Free agents: None

The good: Pouncey re-established himself as at one of the best centers in the NFL after missing most of 2013 because of a major knee injury. The four-time Pro Bowl lineman and DeCastro, the starting right guard, anchor the interior of the line. Both excel at getting to the second level and All-Pro running back Le'Veon Bell frequently gashed defenses while following DeCastro on the Steelers’ power counter play. Foster, the starting left guard, is solid and is the only starting offensive lineman who is nearing 30. The former undrafted free agent turned 29 in January.

The bad: Not a lot to quibble with when it comes to the interior of the Steelers’ offensive line. It helped the Steelers improve from 86.4 rushing yards per game in 2013 to 109.5 yards per game last season.

The money: Pouncey has a base salary of $5.5 million in 2015 followed by Foster ($1.85 million), DeCastro ($1.456), Wallace ($1.1 million) and Hubbard ($510,000).

Draft priority: Low. The Steelers appear to be set at guard, even though Foster is only signed through the 2015 season and they have a developmental player in Hubbard. Maybe the Steelers would pick a guard late in the draft, but it would not be a surprise if they don’t address the position this year. There is no chance the Steelers will draft a center.

He said it: “A lot of guys grew up this year and I’m happy to see that. We’ve got coaches in place. We don’t have to go searching for certain guys and worry about that. So as far as the offense as a whole, we should be better.” – Foster on the Steelers’ offense moving forward.