The reality at Pittsburgh is that they do not have any salary cap space. To this end, there are limited resources to spend on free agency. Tuesday saw contractual adjustments which are bound to affect many Steelers players.
All these changes are meant to fully optimize the resources while singing the best players for the job in the coming season. Overall, this is meant to improve the performance of the team in the league. With the new league year underway, the NFL has been very busy for obvious reasons. Many teams have refreshed and restructured their players and the Steelers are no exception. Pittsburgh has signed a crop of players while making various adjustments where contract agreements are concerned. All the NFL teams had to comply with the cap requirements to start the new league season. This is an analysis that shows how Pittsburgh has adjusted while cleaning house.
The result has been re-engineered contracts that have seen extensions and overall restructuring. Below is a look at the various changes of contract for the Pittsburgh Steelers
. This is the list of all the players whose contracts have been restructured. Alejandro Villanueva, Antonio Brown, Stephon Tuitt and David DeCastro. The players who have landed a Restricted Free Agency (RFA) tender include Chris Boswell who has a 2nd round RFA tender. Anthony Chickillo has the original round RFA tender. The player whose contract provides for exclusive rights franchise tag is LeVeon Bell. Chickillo, Bell and Boswell will have to sign their tenders first for it to take effect; reports state that they are yet to sign.
$681,015 is the current cap space and this includes the 2017 carryover and dead money. Steelers could be looking at several cap savings with William Gay and Mike Mitchell. Although these players have not been released officially, the cap savings for Gay are projected at $1.75 million while for Mitchell stands at $5 million. The Steelers can look to free agency to fill in some needs. They can also choose to fill the holes with NFL draft picks. They have seven draft picks worth $5.58 million.
Other important statistics include;
52nd and 53rd players at $1.1 million minimum
10-man taxi squad at an estimated $1.4 million
An estimated 2019 carryover at $3.5 million
$250,000 estimated OTA per diem
The Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert together with his aid Omar Khan have also been bagging their money over the course of the last few months. The off-season needs cannot be underrated and to this end, a lot of adjustments have been made to mitigate these needs and to keep the team moving optimally. Still, there are many great names that are readily available in free agency and it will be interesting to see how other teams fit some of these players to their needs. There is always room for surprises when it comes to player picks; and fans will just have to wait and see how the Steelers lineup unfolds.
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