Thursday, July 28, 2011


Ike Taylor is back with the Pittsburgh Steelers. How many of the defending AFC champions' free agents will join him today in training camp remains up in the air.

Players must report to Saint Vincent College by 3 p.m. and will undergo conditioning tests later in the afternoon, with regular practices to start Friday.

Live Wire: Follow the latest updates from our Channel 4 Action Sports crew at Steelers camp.

Pittsburgh will need to make some difficult decisions in order to get under the NFL's new salary cap of $120.4 million. The Steelers are approximately $10 million over the cap.

Under the NFL's new collective bargaining agreement, non-rookie free agents cannot sign a new contract until Friday or begin practicing with their teams until Aug. 4.

It will certainly be a busy few days. The Steelers is expected to re-sign kicker Shaun Suisham, who made 14 of 15 field goals last year after replacing veteran Jeff Reed in midseason.

Tackle Max Starks and wide receiver Antwaan Randle El have already been cut. The future of other high-profile veterans -- namely tackles Willie Colon and Jonathan Scott -- is uncertain.

While veterans can't sign until Friday, the team has been busy attempting to flesh out its roster with undrafted rookie free agents. Twenty have been invited to camp, including former Wisconsin running back John Clay.

The Steelers reached terms with undrafted free agent punter Aaron Bates on Wednesday. He'll join Jeremy Kapinos, who was signed last fall after Dan Sepulveda suffered the second major knee injury of his career. Sepulveda's contract is up, and his inability to stay healthy has been an issue.