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Determining The Current Market Value Of Steelers G Ramon Foster

Pittsburgh Steelers guard Ramon Foster is set to make a lot of money during the offseason as the 30-year-old former undrafted free agent is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent come the start of the new league year.Knowing that, it’s time for us to take a look at what Foster’s free agent market value might be and whether or not the Steelers will be able to re-sign him.

While he’s not flashy, Foster is as consistent as they come as it relates to his run blocking and pass protection. In addition to that, he’s a team leader who has missed very few games during his career due to injuries. Because of everything listed above, and combined with the fact that Foster figures to be a top 5 sought-after guard during free agency, one could easily speculate that his yearly market value is somewhere around $5 million, if not more.

Knowing the Steelers, they won’t be interested in signing Foster to a deal longer than three years and because that, my estimated contract below is for that length and for a total of $15 million with $5.5 million guaranteed. Even though I see the contract below as being reasonable, however, the Steelers and Foster might think otherwise. For that reason, it won’t be surprising to see Foster hit free agency in March in an attempt to make one final grab at some cash. To hear him talk, that’s the plan.

Losing Foster would result in the Steelers needing to fill a huge hole at left guard and that could ultimately result in the team selecting a potential long-term replacement in the first three rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft.

So, in your opinion, what is Foster’s current market value and more importantly, do you see him re-signing with the Steelers during the offseason?

Estimated Contract For Ramon Foster

Year Base Salary Bonus Proration Roster Bonus Cap Charge
2016 $2,000,000 $1,000,000 $500,000 $3,500,000
2017 $4,000,000 $1,000,000 $500,000 $5,500,000
2018 $5,000,000 $1,000,000 $0 $6,000,000
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