With the Pittsburgh Steelers Faced with a difficult salary cap situation for the 2021 season, many discussions have been held on the players who could become victims of the cap this offseason. While there are several players who can save the Steelers a significant amount of space under the salary cap, I have already described players on the team that would cost more against the cap than keeping them for the season.
Additionally, players who could save the Steelers from ceiling space but the dead money hit would be a lot to overcome have also been described. Just to clarify, “dead money” is the amount of money already paid to a player that has not yet been counted under the salary cap.
In the third and final part of the series, let’s take a look at which players can save the Steelers a significant amount of space under the salary cap compared to their dead money.
Here is a list of the six Steelers who have cap savings greater than their amount of dead money if they were to be released for the 2021 season. The list was at seven this morning, but with the retirement of Vance McDonald. , which saved the Steelers $ 5.2 million over the salary cap, the number has dropped to six (one of which is just a technical detail). To keep the roster under control and not get into a lot of rookie contracts that fit the description but save a lot of money, these players are the ones with the cap reaching over $ 1.5 million. Granted, some of those players the Steelers wouldn’t consider leaving anytime soon due to their production on the pitch. But whether their departure is likely or not given their salary cap situation, it never hurts to know the numbers. All figures shown are courtesy of overthecap.com and consider if the player was a cup before June 1.
Dead money: $ 5,547,500
Savings limit: $ 8,750,000
The Steelers’ decision regarding David DeCastro is a bit tricky. With six rights Pro Bowl caps as well as two All-Pro first-team honors, DeCastro has been a staple of the Steelers’ offensive line for eight seasons. But at 31, is he worth the $ 8.75 million the Steelers could save for the salary cap? Due to its age, an expansion isn’t something the Steelers are sure to look to do. The Steelers could choose how to handle DeCastro for 2021.
Dead money: $ 6,475,000
Savings cap: $ 8,000,000
Very similar to DeCastro, Maurkice Pouncey has a little more dead money and a little less salary cap savings. Pouncey has made the Pro Bowl in every NFL season where he has played over 8 snaps and also has two All-Pro selections. The Steelers may not half-decide what to do with Pouncey, as that could be his decision to hang up. But if not, they have to choose whether the extra $ 8 million is worth it for their aging center.
Dead money: $ 6,170,000
Savings limit: $ 8,250,000
Unlike many others on this list, Nelson is not a player whose age is a huge factor. Now being his 28th birthday, Nelson would be a prime candidate for the Steelers to extend and overturn some of the $ 8.25 million he is owed this season. While Nelson’s release is an option, along with just playing the final year of his contract, the Steelers would be foolish not to try and find an extension.
Dead money: $ 3,031,668
Savings limit: $ 4,000,000
Another player over 30, Vince Williams turned 31 in December and played eight years for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite being a fierce run stoppage, Williams is exposed when called upon to cover passes. With Devin Bush returning next season and other young players such as exclusive rights free agent Robert Spillane in search of playing time, Williams’ release would save the Steelers $ 4 million on the cap. salary.
Dead money: $ 2,500,000
Savings limit: $ 6,000,000
When Ebron signed his contract with the Steelers last season, he basically got half of his salary last year and has to pay the other half this season. Of course, $ 2.5 million of that 2020 money has been pushed back to 2021 to save space on the salary cap. With Ebron, it’s not so much a question of dead money as whether the Steelers want to pay him $ 6 million this coming season. With the retirement of Vance McDonald, there would be a big hole at the tight end in the Ebron Steelers passage.
Dead money: $ 0
Savings cap: $ 10,089,000
This one is only included because it matches the category from now on. Keep in mind that these rosters are not players the Steelers will consider realistically cutting, but only those who fall into each category. Ahead of the new championship year, the Steelers could technically part ways with TJ Watt and have no dead money and not owe him his fifth-year option. But even considering this notion, the madness is superimposed on the madness covered with madness above. If the Steelers do anything with TJ Watt this offseason, it would be his next monster contract. The Steelers also have the option to play Watt’s fifth year and use the franchise tag next season so they have time to close his deal until 2022. Either way, the contract of Watt becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of the league’s New Year. and only changes with a new chord. If TJ is playing this season for the $ 10 million, he’s still an absolute steal.
So these are the seven players currently under contract with the Steelers who have a salary cap economy greater than their dead money gain. Although there is a cost to reducing one of these players compared to the salary cap, the money has already been paid to the player so that they do not take any more money out of their pocket if they are released. Of course, this is strictly from the point of view of numbers. When you factor in performance on the pitch, some of these players are a no-brainer to keep while others could be looking for the Steelers front office call in the coming weeks.