The Pittsburgh Steelers are more than $8 million under the 2015 salary cap if it comes in at $143 million, according to ESPN Roster Management.
An expected $10 million spike from last year’s spending ceiling and the restructuring of a pair of contacts put the Steelers at $8.025 million under if the cap is $143 million.
That puts the Steelers in pretty good shape with the start of the NFL’s new year – and the free agent signing period – still more than a week away. Both start on March 10 and the Steelers could easily create more cap room before then.
Pouncey has a cap hit of $8.1 million in 2015. The Steelers could lower that by turning most of his $5.5 million base salary next season into a signing bonus and spreading the bonus over the remaining five years on Pouncey’s contract.
The Steelers should also gain some cap relief after they sign quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to a long-term contract.
Roethlisberger is going into the final year of his contract and has a cap hit of $18.395 million.
The Steelers will presumably lower that when they sign Roethlisberger to a new deal that will likely include a huge signing bonus and escalating base salaries.
There aren’t any indications that the Steelers and Roethlisberger are close on a new contract.
It will get done and is still a matter of when and not if, a stance that the Steelers have consistently maintained.