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The Pittsburgh Steelers filled a hole in their starting lineup by re-signing potential free agent Robert Golden

The Steelers got the week off to a flying start by re-signing safety Robert Golden.

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced the signing of safety and special-teams captain Robert Golden to a three-year contract on Monday morning.

It was the first signing of what promises to be a frenetic week of free agency for the Steelers, who are expected to be busy mainly re-signing their own players.

Such was the case with Golden. The strong safety has played in 63 games in four previous seasons with the team, and made three starts in 2015.

According to CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora, Golden's three-year deal is worth $5 million.

Taking into account draft picks and all of the other expenses necessary prior to the 2016 season -- and not counting potential cuts and restructures -- the Steelers entered the week with approximately $3 million in cap spending money.

Free agency opens officially on March 9 but teams can begin negotiating with other teams' free agents on Monday afternoon.

The signing of Golden plugs an opening at strong safety should potential free agent Will Allen -- who turns 34 in June -- decide to retire. The Steelers also have safeties Mike MitchellShamarko Thomas and Ross Ventrone under contract.

Golden had a career-high 36 tackles and four passes defensed last season, and also made the first interception of his career. He was also the special-teams captain for a second consecutive season and made four tackles on the units.

Golden was listed as the team's No. 4 priority to re-sign by SteelCityInsider's Matt Steel in today's preview. In my late January look at the team's free agents, I wrote that Golden "might be the first guy they attempt to bring back."

Expect the Steelers to remain interested in the outstanding crop of safeties in this year's draft class.

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