The Steelers haven't been afraid to show their defensive linemen the money. In fact, they showed defensive end Stephon Tuitt the money before he became a star.
They're still waiting for that full breakout season from Tuitt, but the 25-year-old certainly has the ability.
In fact, you could make the argument the starting defensive line is one of the strengths of the team. In Tuitt, fellow defensive end Cameron Heyward and nose tackle Javon Hargrave, the Steelers have three very good players up front around whom to build their defense.