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Steelers 2015 Salary Cap Update Entering Training Camp

Now that the Pittsburgh Steelers have reported to Saint Vincent College in Latrobe for training camp, it’s a perfect time to update the team’s salary cap situation.

We have had a few changes since our last salary cap update with the signing of defensive end Cameron Heyward to a new long-term contract extension being the biggest one. As previously mentioned, Heyward’s 2015 cap charge went down $569,000 as a result of his new deal.

I have listed and formatted the contract numbers of each player below and the totals are bolded for you as usual. As you can see, I currently have the Steelers as being $8,076,701.00 under the cap entering training camp. However, the NFLPA currently has the team at $8,022,473 under. That’s a discrepancy of $54,228 and in all honesty, it’s not really worth finding. It might very well be an injury settlement of some sort that I missed.

Also, I need to point out to you the fact that I am no longer accounting for a Veteran Cap Credit Payback Charge of $1.125 million as I am unsure as to whether or not one will be on the books this year. For now, just keep that number filed away in the back of your head.

While the Steelers are currently $8 million under the cap, it’s important to remember that there will be a few more things that need to be accounted for in the future. First, being as we are still working with the Rule of 51, there will need to be two more players accounted for come the start of the regular season. To be on the safe side, I would count on both of those players costing $1.2 million combined.

In addition to the 52nd and 53rd players on the roster that will need to be accounted for, we also need to budget for a 10-man practice squad and that should amount to roughly another $1.122 million or so.

So far we have budgeted for another $2.322 million in future cap charges and that now has the Steelers with roughly $5.7 million in available cap space. Being as the team will likely want to go into the year with $2 million in available cap space in case they need in-season injury replacements, they realistically have roughly $3.7 million in available cap space to work with as we sit here today.

Even though Heyward has now been signed, there still could be one or two more extensions on the way. Tackle Kelvin Beachum would be an obvious choice and they have plenty of cap space to get that done. If you were to use my recent projection for a new Beachum contract, his new cap charge following an extension would be almost $3.7565 million. Now, he’s already on the books in 2015 for a charge of $1.542 million, so my projection would lead to him using up another $2.2145 million in available cap space. A deal such as the one I projected would essentially leave the Steelers with $1.4855 million in available cap space in addition to the $2 million in-season buffer. Of course, that number could shrink by another $1.125 million if the team has to account for the aforementioned Veteran Cap Credit Payback Charge.

Here is one other thing to keep in mind. Defensive lineman Cam Thomas is scheduled to earn $2 million in 2015. If he fails to make the make the final 53 man roster this season, the Steelers will more than likely free up around $1.5 million in cap space after displacement takes place.

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 $1,000,000 $6,400,000
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
Bud Dupree $435,000 $1,676,779
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 $1,062,500
Stephon Tuitt $629,520 $1,047,601
Sean Spence $680,000 $816,345
Markus Wheaton $605,000 $752,844
Senquez Golson $435,000 $727,462
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
Sammie Coates $435,000 $592,879
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
Doran Grant $435,000 $557,253
Daniel McCullers $510,000 $529,670
Brad Wing $510,000 $510,000
Chris Hubbard $510,000 $510,000
Josh Harris $510,000 $510,000
Jesse James $435,000 $487,228
Leterrius Walton $435,000 $464,232
Jordan Zumwalt $435,000 $461,213
Anthony Chickillo $435,000 $457,621
Gerod Holliman $435,000 $449,629
B.J. Finney $435,000 $438,333
Miles Dieffenbach $435,000 $437,666
Shawn Lemon $435,000 $437,500
Cameron Clear $435,000 $436,666
Eli Rogers $435,000 $436,666
Reese Dismukes $435,000 $436,666
Ross Scheuerman $435,000 $436,666
Tyler Murphy $435,000 $436,500
Niko Davis $435,000 $435,833
Cameron Stingily $435,000 $435,333
Kevin Whimpey $435,000 $435,333
Mike Thornton $435,000 $435,333
Alden Darby $435,000 $435,000
Alejandro Villanueva $435,000 $435,000
C.J. Goodwin $435,000 $435,000
Collin Rahrig $435,000 $435,000
Devin Gardner $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
Kelvin Palmer $435,000 $435,000
Kevin Fogg $435,000 $435,000
Mitchell Van Dyk $435,000 $435,000
Rob Blanchflower $435,000 $435,000
Roosevelt Nix $435,000 $435,000
Shakim Phillips $435,000 $435,000
Shayon Green $435,000 $435,000
Tajh Boyd $435,000 $435,000
Total 90 Players Under Contract $82,248,432 $138,164,653
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
Bradon Prate $1,000
Total 19 Players Dead Money $14,497,743
Total Rule Of 51 Number $135,420,168.00
2015 Salary Cap $143,280,000.00
Rule Of 51 Under Cap $7,859,832.00
2014 Cap Rollover Credit $778,469.00
Workout Bonus Charge $561,600.00
Total Projected Cap Space Available $8,076,701.00
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