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Big Steelers takeaways from the first day of legal manipulation of NFL free agency

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Unsurprisingly, the Pittsburgh Steelers were quiet on the first day that NFL teams began free agent announcements. Here are some big takeaways from what the Steelers did and didn’t do on Day 1.

Got your quarterback off the bridge

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Mitchell Trubisky could be the long-term answer at quarterback. And, again, maybe not. Either way, his contract is acceptable and his talent is ahead of everyone else on the roster. Smart signature with low risk.

The offensive line was fast and the Steelers stayed put

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Is it a mistake that the Steelers didn’t pursue any of the top offensive linemen in free agency? They re-signed offensive tackle Chuks Okorafor and planned to sign center Mason Cole. But time will tell if more moves are on the way or if the Steelers are happy with the offensive line.

Several big names remain

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We’re talking about Steelers guys we thought would go fast and they haven’t. Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, cornerback Joe Haden and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon weren’t mentioned at all on Day 1, which can only be a good thing for the Steelers.

The draft needs to start leaning toward defense.

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Pittsburgh hit the offense hard on the first day of legal tampering, and if this trend continues, expect the Steelers to focus more on defense once the NFL draft rolls around.

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