2015 Salary Cap

Steelers 2015 Salary Cap Update Ahead Of The Draft

It’s been three weeks since we updated the Pittsburgh Steelers 2015 salary cap situation and since that time there have been several moves that have taken place.

For starters, the Steelers re-signed safety Will Allen and added linebacker Shayon Green, punter Jordan Berry and long snapper Brandon Hartson. In addition to those players now being under contract for the 2015 season, safety Troy Polamalu has now retired and has since been added to the Steelers reserve/retired list.

Polamalu’s retirement and subsequent placing on the reserve/retired list now means that the Steelers will have an additional $4.5 million dead money charge in 2015 and that brings their current dead total in that column to $14,496,743. Polamalu was scheduled to count $8.25 million against the 2015 salary cap, however, so the team will save $3.75 million this year now that he has retired.

Of the four other players listed above that were recently added to the Steelers offseason roster, Allen is the only one that moved the salary cap needle as his 2015 cap charge qualified to be listed in the top 51.

As you can see at the bottom of the table below, the Steelers current ‘Rule of 51’ number is $134,315,818 and that number is a result of the top 51 cap charges added to bonuses outside of the top 51 and the total amount of dead money. While that number is $8,964,182 under the league’s $143,280,000 salary cap, there are still a few credits and debits that need to be accounted for.

As we’ve mentioned several times throughout the offseason, the Steelers were able to rollover $778,469 in unused cap money from last season. In addition to that, they will have two debits at some point of $561,600 and $1,125,000. The first debit is an approximate workout bonus charge that the team must absorb until the real number is determined just prior to the start of the regular season. The second larger charge is a veteran cap credit payment stemming from the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

When you apply the credits and debits, you will see that the Steelers are essentially $8,056,051 under their adjusted salary cap number with the draft now right around the corner.

As I mentioned in the last post, the Steelers will only need roughly $1.4 million in additional salary cap space to sign all eight of their draft selections. In addition to those draft picks, the Steelers will also eventually need to accommodate the salaries of a 52nd and 53rd player. Both of those cap charges aren’t likely to exceed a million dollars, however. In addition to those two charges, a 10 player practice squad also needs to be accounted for and that total charge will more than likely come in at around $1.1 million.

Just to be on the safe side, you should probably plan on roughly $3.5 million being needed to accommodate the draft class, final two roster spots and the practice squad. Please keep in mind that the organization usually likes to keep roughly another $2 million free in available space for in-season injury replacements. Add that to the $3.5 million and you have $5.5 million in cap space that is already essentially “spent”.

The Steelers should ultimately sign defensive end Cameron Heyward and tackle Kelvin Beachum to contract extensions later on in the summer and the net results of that should be more cap space as the former is currently scheduled to count nearly $7 million against the 2015 salary cap.

Steelers 2015 Projected Salary Cap Numbers
As Of 4/20/2015
Players Under Contract
Player Base Salary Cap Charge
Ben Roethlisberger $1,000,000 $17,245,000
Lawrence Timmons $7,500,000 $12,566,250
Antonio Brown $6,000,000 $9,787,500
Cortez Allen $2,631,000 $6,981,000
Cameron Heyward $6,969,000 $6,969,000
Heath Miller $4,000,000 $5,666,666
Maurkice Pouncey $745,000 $4,296,000
Shaun Suisham $2,595,000 $3,665,000
Marcus Gilbert $745,000 $3,256,000
Steve McLendon $2,250,000 $2,808,334
Mike Mitchell $745,000 $2,508,750
Cam Thomas $2,000,000 $2,500,000
David DeCastro $1,030,531 $2,486,240
Jarvis Jones $1,196,410 $2,374,228
Ryan Shazier $852,146 $2,160,728
Ramon Foster $1,850,000 $2,150,000
Bruce Gradkowski $1,550,000 $1,833,334
William Gay $1,500,000 $1,666,668
Kelvin Beachum $1,542,000 $1,553,474
Antwon Blake $1,542,000 $1,542,000
Robert Golden $1,542,000 $1,542,000
Will Johnson $1,542,000 $1,542,000
Arthur Moats $850,000 $1,483,333
DeAngelo Williams $870,000 $1,435,000
Cody Wallace $1,100,000 $1,250,000
James Harrison $1,000,000 $1,250,000
Mike Adams $873,225 $1,127,525
Le’Veon Bell $779,600 $1,123,800
Matt Spaeth $925,000 $1,062,000
Stephon Tuitt $629,520 $1,047,601
Sean Spence $680,000 $816,345
Markus Wheaton $605,000 $752,844
Shamarko Thomas $585,000 $698,288
Landry Jones $585,000 $694,805
Clifton Geathers $745,000 $665,000
Darrius Heyward-Bey $745,000 $665,000
Greg Warren $970,000 $665,000
Will Allen $970,000 $665,000
Dri Archer $518,000 $644,504
Martavis Bryant $510,000 $619,805
Vince Williams $585,000 $604,670
B.W. Webb $585,000 $585,000
Matt Conrath $585,000 $585,000
Michael Egnew $585,000 $585,000
Ross Ventrone $585,000 $585,000
Terence Garvin $585,000 $585,000
Daniel McCullers $510,000 $529,670
Brad Wing $510,000 $510,000
Chris Hubbard $510,000 $510,000
Josh Harris $510,000 $510,000
Jordan Zumwalt $435,000 $461,213
Shawn Lemon $435,000 $437,500
Alden Darby $435,000 $435,000
Alejandro Villanueva $435,000 $435,000
Brandon Hartson $435,000 $435,000
Brelan Chancellor $435,000 $435,000
C.J. Goodwin $435,000 $435,000
Ethan Hemer $435,000 $435,000
Howard Jones $435,000 $435,000
Ian Wild $435,000 $435,000
Isaiah Lewis $435,000 $435,000
Joe Kruger $435,000 $435,000
Jordan Berry $435,000 $435,000
Jordan Dangerfield $435,000 $435,000
Kevin Fogg $435,000 $435,000
L’Damian Washington $435,000 $435,000
Mitchell Van Dyk $435,000 $435,000
Richie Leone $435,000 $435,000
Rob Blanchflower $435,000 $435,000
Roosevelt Nix $435,000 $435,000
Shayon Greene $435,000 $435,000
Tajh Boyd $435,000 $435,000
Total 72 Players Under Contract $80,387,432 $128,954,075
Dead Money
Player Cap Charge
LaMarr Woodley $8,580,000
Troy Polamalu $4,500,000
LeGarrette Blount $475,000
Lance Moore $322,500
Brett Keisel $250,000
Shaquille Richardson $142,539
Wesley Johnson $108,420
Rob Blanchflower $44,550
Nick Williams $28,924
David Paulson $11,474
Howard Jones $6,667
Eric Waters $5,000
Josh Mauro $5,000
Roy Philon $4,000
Brendon Kay $3,334
Ethan Hemer $3,334
Will Simmons $3,334
Chris Elkins $2,667
Total 18 Players Dead Money $14,496,743
Total Rule Of 51 Number $134,315,818
2015 Salary Cap $143,280,000
Rule Of 51 Under Cap $8,964,182
2014 Cap Rollover Credit $778,469
Workout Bonus Charge $561,600
Veteran Cap Credit Payback Charge $1,125,000
Total Projected Cap Space Available $8,056,051
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