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    Steelers' guide to cap relief
    By James Walker
    Jul 20, 2011

    ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton recently wrote an insightful piece updating the projected salary-cap figures for NFL teams. One note that stood out in the AFC North is that the reigning division champion Pittsburgh Steelers are projected to be more than $10.51 million over the cap.

    That means Pittsburgh has plenty of work to do this summer. But fear not, Steeler Nation. The AFC North blog has provided Pittsburgh an easy-to-follow guide for cap relief.

    Step No. 1: Release OT Flozell Adams

    [IMGR]http://i53.tinypic.com/10fb0gn.jpg[/IMGR]Analysis: Adams quickly acclimated himself in the Steelers’ locker room and filled in admirably last season. But he makes $5 million in 2011. Releasing Adams alone would get the Steelers halfway to being under the cap. Maybe the Steelers can re-sign him at a lesser number later, but Adams is not irreplaceable. The Steelers drafted offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert in the second round and also could look for a vet in free agency. But if the Steelers can convince Adams to return for, say, $2 million next season, that makes sense for both sides.

    Step No. 2: Release WR Antwaan Randle El

    Analysis: Randle El signed a three-year, $7 million contract last season but had a subpar 2010 campaign. He was eventually beat out by rookie receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown, who are both younger and more athletic. Now Randle El is fifth on the depth chart. He's a good locker-room presence and plays hard, but cutting Randle El makes business sense.

    Step No. 3: Restructure DE Aaron Smith's contract

    Skinny: Smith is a great leader and presence in Pittsburgh's locker room. He's also a good player when healthy, but season-ending injuries are taking a toll on the 35-year-old defensive end. Smith is on the books for $4.5 million in the final year of his contract. But you don't just cut a leader and career Steeler like Smith. So asking him to restructure and perhaps save $2 million makes sense. Smith has been an excellent mentor to Ziggy Hood and could be to rookie Cameron Heyward in what could be Smith's final season.

    Step No. 4: Release WR Limas Sweed

    Skinny: The Steelers have held onto the former second-round pick for three seasons, but both sides should probably go their separate ways. Sweed displayed several flashes but dropped balls in big spots and could never recover. Sweed is coming off a season-ending Achilles injury and enters the final year of a four-year, $3.3 million deal. Similar to Randle El, Sweed would probably be the fifth receiver on Pittsburgh’s depth chart if he stayed. Sweed needs a fresh start and the Steelers need the cap room.

    Step No. 5: Sign LaMarr Woodley to a long-term deal

    Skinny: Woodley received the franchise tag for a one-year deal worth $10.2 million in February. Woodley, who made just $550,00 last season, is very happy with that amount. But players would prefer long-term security. Woodley, 26, is eating up a huge chunk of this year's cap, and that number could be lowered if the Steelers reach a long-term agreement before the start of the season. That way, both sides would benefit.

    If the Steelers follow these five steps, they will be back under the salary cap and ready to make a push for a corner in free agency. None of these decisions are easy, but that's the harsh reality of the NFL.

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    If you cut a player under contract does it not incur a penalty to the cap? eg. Flozell.

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    If you cut a player under contract does it not incur a penalty to the cap? eg. Flozell.
    Good question... I do not believe so... Or if it does, it is not the full extent of the contract, and the hit the team would take if he remains on the squad...
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    The signing bonus IS part of the player's salary. So it counts against the cap. When determining team and player salary, the signing bonus will be prorated over the length of the contract.

    For example, if a player signs a four-year deal with a $1 million signing bonus, $250,000 of that bonus will count toward team salary for each contract year ($1 million divided evenly over the four-year contract is $250,000 per year). If a team releases a player, the unamoratized bonus money (the remaining prorated bonus money) counts immediately against the cap.

    In our example above, if the player is released after Year 1, the remaining $750,000 (the prorated signing bonus money for years 2-4) counts against the cap in Year 2 -- even though the player is no longer on the team's roster.



    The Steelers signed Flozell Adams to a two-year contract worth $7.5 million, but the veteran offensive tackle received no signing bonus as part of the deal. Is due to make 5mill in 2011.
    On March 8, 2010, Randle El again signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in a three-year deal worth $7 million, with a $900,000 signing bonus. Due to make 2 mill in 2011.

    So that means that the cap hit will be mere $600,000 if both of them are cut which seems very likely

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    just found this page on salaries very handy

    http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/pittsburgh-steelers/

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    James Walker knows how to keep things interesting with the ESPN AFC NORTH Blog but he's a Jagoff. Cutting Flozell and Sweed are most definitely a must. Both will find success with another franchise(maybe not a superbowl, but success). I still think that Randle El has shown he's worth at least keeping on with as little pay as he's going to get for 2 years so that he can retire a Steeler. Hell, maybe he'll take a pay cut so that he can. I totally agree that the main thing is to get Woodley signed and get Gilbert and Heyward trained and ready to start.

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    James Walker knows how to keep things interesting with the ESPN AFC NORTH Blog but he's a Jagoff. Cutting Flozell and Sweed are most definitely a must. Both will find success with another franchise(maybe not a superbowl, but success). I still think that Randle El has shown he's worth at least keeping on with as little pay as he's going to get for 2 years so that he can retire a Steeler. Hell, maybe he'll take a pay cut so that he can. I totally agree that the main thing is to get Woodley signed and get Gilbert and Heyward trained and ready to start.
    I'm getting rid of Randel El before Sweed for no other reason than El is nowhere near the value in his contract which is a bigger burden than the sub million than Sweed is making. Let's face it, right now it's Sweed or Randel El as a #5 WR since Sanders and Brown should pass up Randel El in depth. That said, I'd certaintly consider cutting Sweed too but Randel El has to go first or at the same time.

    Signing woodley long term, I agree, a definite must.

    With the way Kugler had this OL playing last year, how Pouncey picked everything up quickly and started as a rookie.. I Gilbert cant step right in
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    Smith and Adams will take a pay cut for one last shot at a ring knowing that they have one year left in there career. Ben can get some of his cap moved to a bouns and will get 2 mill more over the next 4 seasons but save 5 mill this year.

    EL and the Wr from 49ers who was our special team gunner are both gone.

    ike either takes 28 mill over 4 years deal or they go get Josph from Cincy and another cheap cb to compete with Gay and Butler for the NB job.

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    just found this page on salaries very handy

    http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/pittsburgh-steelers/
    Handy indeed! Cheers, mate!

    A thought is that we have no idea how the cap will be affected by the new CBA and, given the potential for rookie salary limitations (sadly preventing some Bunglesque comedy each year), if there's going to be any form of buffer zone for this year. If it's suddenly tricky for us, we can't be alone. This free agency trade 'em/ditch 'em period is going to be interesting.

    Willie Colon is a cash-eater with lousy on-field production coming off a big injury. I suspect the trap door is about to open below him.
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    i hope Chris Hoke gets resigned he may be old but he fills in nicely for Hampton

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    From ESPN...

    AFC North salary cap update

    Baltimore Ravens: $5.33 million under
    Cincinnati Bengals: $35.9 million under
    Cleveland Browns: $33.3 million under
    Pittsburgh Steelers: $10.51 million over

    The veteran Steelers are the most cash-strapped team in the division. We broke down several options for Pittsburgh to get back under the cap, but don't expect the Steelers to do much in free agency. Cornerback is a major question and probably the only place the Steelers will spend big bucks this summer, whether it's to re-sign Ike Taylor or add someone else.
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    Should get rid of Randle El/Sweed for sure. If it were JUST Limas' hands still, I would say give him another chance, but he's coming off of an injury that basically no one has come back strong from. We definitely can't pay Aaron Smith nearly 5 mill for another season, he simply doesn't hold up anymore. Should do everything possible to keep him, though.

    Ike Taylor should take a discount to stay here, but he won't. He's not going to make it in another system. Still think we should offer his money to Jonathan Joseph to see if maybe he'd take a discount to play for us and stick it to Cinci, like most ex-Cinci players do.

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    Should get rid of Randle El/Sweed for sure. If it were JUST Limas' hands still, I would say give him another chance, but he's coming off of an injury that basically no one has come back strong from. We definitely can't pay Aaron Smith nearly 5 mill for another season, he simply doesn't hold up anymore. Should do everything possible to keep him, though.

    Ike Taylor should take a discount to stay here, but he won't. He's not going to make it in another system. Still think we should offer his money to Jonathan Joseph to see if maybe he'd take a discount to play for us and stick it to Cinci, like most ex-Cinci players do.
    The thing with the DL is that ..

    A. It's time for Ziggy Hood to become a starter.
    B. Heyward is going to start this year or next year

    You can't keep them on the bench

    I hate to say it but guys like Aaron Smith, their time is up. Hampton/Kiesel are there too. Smith is 35, Hampton will be 35 in September, Kiesel 33 in September
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