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Steelers 2018 Salary Cap Update – Start Of New League Year

The start of 2018 NFL league year has arrived and we seemingly now know all of the transactions the Pittsburgh Steelers made leading up to Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. EST. With these key items known, we can now take a look at where the Steelers currently are in relation to the league’s salary cap and what awaits them the remainder of the offseason.

As you can see in the table below, I have the Steelers currently $7,774,766 $6,572,766 under the salary cap as of Thursday morning. Be warned, however, that that number is far from official. In fact, the NFLPA salary cap number for the Steelers as of Thursday morning is $6,512,746 under In short, I have a $60,020 difference and have yet to find it in my work at the time of this post so please forgive me. I am, however, thrilled that I’m that close.

The numbers below do include the franchise tag on running back Le’Veon Bell, and the recent restricted tenders issued to kicker Chris Boswell and outside linebacker Anthony Chickillo. All four contract restructures that have been reported this offseason are also included. With there currently being some uncertainly about whether or not wide receiver Martavis Bryant qualifies for the Proven Performance Escalator in 2018 I mentioned several weeks ago, I chose not to increase his salary. ((UPDATE: The NFLPA added this on Thursday morning to their update so I have updated the table and post)) On that same topic, the contract numbers for tight end Jesse James do reflect the PPE for 2018.

The salary cap table below also includes the $4,040,611 rollover of 2017’s left over salary cap space in addition to the $246,991 cap credit the Steelers received on the NFLPA daily report at the beginning of this month. Also, please remember that the offseason salary cap works on the Rule of 51.

Now, just because the Steelers are currently roughly $7.7 million under the salary cap doesn’t mean they still don’t have quite a bit of work ahead of them this offseason. For starters, they’re going to need to account for roughly nearly $5.5 million in future charges down the road that will encompass offseason workout bonuses, a possible injury benefit claim, a 52nd and 53rd roster player, a 10-man practice squad and roster displacement of their 2018 draft class once signed. Additionally, the Steelers will likely want to have at least $3 million in salary cap space available to them come the start of the regular season in order to make in-season moves. On my rough estimates alone, that’s an additional $8.5 million in salary cap space that’s needed which is nearly one million more than they have available right now. Don’t worry abiout all of that right now, however, as that’s down the road and all fluid.

The Steelers obviously have enough salary cap space currently to sign a few free agents if they so choose and that of course depends on the contracts issued and the roster displacement that would follow. It will also be interesting to see if any more restructures wind up getting reported in the coming days and if a player such as safety J.J. Wilcox agreed to cut his salary in order to stay with the team. For now, however, we must go with what we know has been reported. If anything else happened in the last few days it will surface soon on the NFLPA daily report.

The Steelers can also potentially create some salary cap space for 2018 should they ultimately be able to work out long-term contract extensions with Bell and Boswell. How much room can be created depends on the structure of each contract. The deadline to sign Bell to a new contract is July 16 while Boswell’s deadline is essentially Week 1 of the 2018 regular season being as the Steelers generally don’t do contract extensions in-season.


UNOFFICIAL STEELERS 2018 SALARY CAP UPDATE – 3/14/18
UNDER CONTRACT
PLAYER BASE SALARY CAP CHARGE
Ben Roethlisberger $12,000,000 $23,200,000
Le’Veon Bell $14,544,000 $14,544,000
Cameron Heyward $9,000,000 $12,456,250
Joe Haden $9,000,000 $11,916,666
Maurkice Pouncey $7,000,000 $10,551,000
Ryan Shazier $8,718,000 $8,718,000
Antonio Brown $915,000 $7,955,000
Marcus Gilbert $4,050,000 $7,358,500
David DeCastro $790,000 $5,687,500
Stephon Tuitt $790,000 $5,432,000
Vance McDonald $3,700,000 $4,318,750
Alejandro Villanueva $705,000 $4,095,000
J.J. Wilcox $3,125,000 $3,800,000
Tyson Alualu $3,000,000 $3,625,000
Ramon Foster $2,675,000 $3,591,668
Bud Dupree $1,692,585 $2,934,364
Chris Boswell $2,914,000 $2,914,000
Artie Burns $1,321,908 $2,615,723
Vince Williams $2,000,000 $2,500,000
Landry Jones $1,900,000 $2,200,000
T.J. Watt $885,855 $2,104,275
Jesse James $1,907,000 $1,959,228
Anthony Chickillo $1,907,000 $1,907,000
Jordan Berry $1,907,000 $1,907,000
Coty Sensabaugh $1,400,000 $1,612,500
Roosevelt Nix $1,000,000 $1,437,500
Darrius Heyward-Bey $1,200,000 $1,333,334
Sean Davis $821,542 $1,114,627
JuJu Smith-Schuster $655,717 $953,586
Javon Hargrave $691,000 $864,314
Cameron Sutton $587,400 $771,432
Jerald Hawkins $630,000 $762,622
James Conner $555,000 $731,572
Leterrius Walton $705,000 $734,232
L.J. Fort $705,000 $705,000
Martavis Bryant $1,907,000 $1,907,000
Joshua Dobbs $555,000 $694,781
Tyler Matakevich $630,000 $645,763
B.J. Finney $630,000 $630,000
Dashaun Phillips $630,000 $630,000
Kameron Canaday $630,000 $630,000
Xavier Grimble $630,000 $630,000
Brian Allen $555,000 $612,547
Jordan Dangerfield $555,000 $555,000
Matt Feiler $555,000 $555,000
Mike Hilton $555,000 $555,000
Keion Adams $480,000 $496,507
Antonio Crawford $480,000 $480,000
Casey Sayles $480,000 $480,000
Darnell Leslie $480,000 $480,000
Farrington Huguenin $480,000 $480,000
Jake McGee $480,000 $480,000
James Summers $480,000 $480,000
Justin Thomas $480,000 $480,000
Keith Kelsey $480,000 $480,000
Lavon Hooks $480,000 $480,000
Malik Golden $480,000 $480,000
Marcus Tucker $480,000 $480,000
Matt Galambos $480,000 $480,000
Matt Wile $480,000 $480,000
Tevin Jones $480,000 $480,000
Trey Griffey $480,000 $480,000
PROJECTED TOTAL UNDER CONTRACT $120,910,007 $175,053,241
DEAD MONEY
PLAYER   CAP CHARGE
Mike Mitchell $3,135,418
William Gay $633,334
Robert Golden $416,668
Senquez Golson $292,462
James Harrison $250,000
Sammie Coates $157,879
David Johnson $117,500
Colin Holba $96,996
Francis Kallon $8,000
Ethan Cooper $6,667
Keith Kelsey $6,667
Rushel Shell $5,000
Nelson Adams $3,334
Terrish Webb $3,334
Scott Orndoff $3,334
Christian Brown $2,334
Matt Galambos $1,334
Phazahn Odom $1,334
PROJECTED TOTAL DEAD MONEY   $5,141,595
2017 CAP ROLLOVER   $4,040,611
MARCH NFLPA CREDIT   $246,991
RULE OF 51 TOTAL   $174,914,836
2018 NFL SALARY CAP   $177,200,000
OVER/UNDER CAP UNDER $6,572,766

2018 Steelers Transaction Recap
03/14/2018 – Released S Mike Mitchell, CB William Gay and S Robert Golden.
03/13/2018 – Original-round restricted tender placed on OLB Anthony Chickillo.
03/13/2018 – Second-round restricted tender placed on K Chris Boswell.
03/13/2018 – Restructured contract of T Alejandro Villanueva.
03/07/2018 – Restructured contract of WR Antonio Brown.
03/06/2018 – Franchise tag placed on RB Le’Veon Bell
02/10/2018 – Restructured contracts of DE Stephon Tuitt and G David DeCastro.
02/10/2018 – Signed FB Roosevelt Nix to a new four-year deal.
02/09/2018 – Signed OL B.J. Finney to a one-year contract extension.
02/01/2018 – Signed P Jordan Berry to a one-year contract extension.
01/31/2018 – Signed OL Matt Feiler to a one-year contract extension.
01/29/2018 – Signed WR Trey Griffey, WR Tevin Jones and RB James Summers to Reserve/Future contracts.
01/19/2018 – Signed S Malik Golden, LB Darnell Leslie and P Matt Wile to Reserve/Future contracts.
01/18/2018 – Signed DE Casey Sayles to Reserve/Future contract.
01/16/2018 – Signed CB Mike Hilton to a one-year contract extension.
01/16/2018 – Signed DE Lavon Hooks, LB Keith Kelsey, WR Justin Thomas and WR Marcus Tucker to Reserve/Future contracts.
01/15/2018 – Signed S Jordan Dangerfield, LB Matt Galambos, LB Farrington Huguenin, TE Jake McGee, CB Dashaun Phillips to Reserve/Future contracts.
01/15/2018 – Signed TE Xavier Grimble and LS Kameron Canaday to one-year contract extensions.

So numbers and projected amounts for this salary cap update were acquired from overthecap.com, the NFLPA and former NFL agent Joel Corry. All three are great salary cap data resources.

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