Plans set for free agency

None of the Steelers' potential free agents will be on anyone's most wanted list, and that's good news for the team at the dawn of the new negotiating season.

On Wednesday, eight Steelers can become free agents. According to the Post-Gazette the Steelers are currently in negotiations with linebacker Clark Haggans, fullback Dan Kreider, safety Mike Logan and long snapper Mike Schneck.

Defensive tackle Kendrick Clancy, tight end Matt Cushing, wide receiver Chris Doering and tackle Barrett Brooks will also become free agents Wednesday.

The Steelers have also made one-year tender offers of $628,000 to all six of their restricted free agents -- offensive linemen Chukky Okobi, Keydrick Vincent and Mathias Nkwenti, defensive linemen Rodney Bailey and Chris Hoke, and cornerback Chidi Iwuoma.

If a restricted free agent opts to test the market, the Steelers will have a chance to match any offers, otherwise the Steelers would be compensated by the signing team with a draft pick equal to the round at which the player was originally drafted.

Nkwenti was a fourth-round pick; Okobi was a fifth-round pick and Bailey was a sixth-round pick. Vincent, Hoke and Iwuoma came into the league as undrafted free agents and therefore wouldn't command compensation.

If a restricted free agent doesn't sign with another team by April 16, the Steelers retain exclusive rights.

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