The Pittsburgh Steelers began the arduous task of getting below the salary cap yesterday, of which they were believed to be approximately $14 million over. As has been the case over the last few years with general manager Kevin Colbert and Omar Khan, the weapon in this fight has been the contract restructure, and this year appears to be no different.
There have been reports over the past few weeks of a “cap hell” scenario in Pittsburgh that would force them to undergo another “March Massacre” like last season, when the team parted ways with veterans Hines Ward, James Farrior, Aaron Smith, Bryant McFadden, and Chris Kemoeatu, among others.
What people may not have realized, however, was just how small an impact many of those players had at their time of being released. Ward, for example, became buried to fifth on the depth chart behind younger players. Farrior was being rotated with Larry Foote, who was re-signed to eventually take over, which he did in 2012. Smith could not stay healthy, making 4 trips to the injured reserve list at the end of his career.
If that is the type of ‘massacre’ that the Steelers may be facing this season, then they do not have much to worry about. They are looking to avoid cuts, however, by restructuring contracts, as mentioned. They have already reworked the contracts of Lawrence Timmons and Antonio Brown, and there are reports that others could be in the works. See what kind of money they saved and who they might target next for restructure in the list.
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