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BlitzburghRockCity
02-07-2012, 09:52 PM
News coming out tonight (http://www.fantasyfbassistant.com/2012/02/steelers-restructured-olb-lamarr-woodleys-contract-to-clear-6-56-million-in-cap-room/) that the Steelers are already in the process of freeing up cap room and have restructured Lamarr Woodley's contract. – Steelers restructured OLB LaMarr Woodley’s contract to clear $6.56 million in cap room.

It's a safe bet that they've started this process well before tonight if you ask me and Woodley's deal is a good place to save significant money. They are an estimated $25 million over the cap heading into the 2012 league year so expect more information to come down in the coming days and weeks of other players who's deal will be restructured. Other players also to watch for would be Ben Roethlisberger (cap hit $11.67 million), Casey Hampton (cap hit $8.56 million) , and Lawrence Timmons (cap hit $9.125 million) to name a few.

LatrobePA
02-07-2012, 10:13 PM
Harrison??

NYCsteelersfan
02-07-2012, 10:36 PM
Any word that they'll go after a free agent offensive linemen?

Black@Gold Forever32
02-07-2012, 10:40 PM
Any word that they'll go after a free agent offensive linemen?

Would love to see the Steelers sign Ben Grubbs.....Would hurt the Ravens and boost the Steelers OL but I doubt the Steelers sign a big name like Grubbs....Its a good draft for OL really.....

NYCsteelersfan
02-07-2012, 10:54 PM
Would love to see the Steelers sign Ben Grubbs.....Would hurt the Ravens and boost the Steelers OL but I doubt the Steelers sign a big name like Grubbs....Its a good draft for OL really.....

I'll take anyone over the $hit we have just to have one sure fire offensive linemen in case the draft ends up producing busts.

BlitzburghRockCity
02-07-2012, 11:38 PM
Harrison??

Harrison's cap hit is $9.43 million so he's an option too of course. Hampton I think is the one you have to watch because of the injury.

LatrobePA
02-07-2012, 11:41 PM
Yea I think Hampton could be gone, Farrior too as well as Foote..

Nolrog
02-07-2012, 11:54 PM
6.56 million is a hefty cap savings. If they cut Hampton that saves another 5.89. That would be a total of almost 12.5 (half of what's needed) in just those 2 alone. Could allow us to keep someone like Farrior (backup or mentor for someone new).

Using the saved if cut numbers frm the main page: http://www.steeleraddicts.com/steelers-salary-cap-for-2012/

Woodley: 6.56
Hampton: 5.89
Kimoeatu: 2.39
Ward: 3.39
Farrior: 2.82
Foote: 3.00
Smith: 2.1
Scott: 2.2
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Total: 28.35 (not including 1.5 from future years, which would put us just about 30, which is the 25 we need to get under the cap and the 5 we need for the draft.)

There's some other salary cap mumbo jumbo that could be done as well, such as picking up options or guaranteeing contracts or something that will save money as well (if they guarantee someone for next year before a certain date, then they save money or something.) Salary cap stuff has become very complicated in the NFL.

The savings from Woodley's contract is quite significant in terms of dollars saved but also the impact it will have next year.

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Harrison's cap hit is $9.43 million so he's an option too of course. Hampton I think is the one you have to watch because of the injury.

Timmons, Harrison and Troy all have cap hits around 9 million. So they are all candidates. Hampton, as much as I love him to death and as great as he's been all these years, has to go. That would give nearly 6 million in savings, plus he's got a torn ACL that he will be rehabbing, not doing his off-season work outs and will take a long time to get strong and into shape (he won't be able to do anything with his legs in terms of brute strength for a long time.)

NYCsteelersfan
02-08-2012, 12:28 AM
Yea I think Hampton could be gone, Farrior too as well as Foote..

All three should be gone. Farrior will be missed, but he's basically done anyway.

Nolrog
02-08-2012, 07:40 AM
All three should be gone. Farrior will be missed, but he's basically done anyway.

While I agree that all should be gone, what do we do at MILB without Farrior and Foote? Sylvester isn't the guy (I'm not sure Worlids is either, though I know he's outside.)

My personal feeling is to go out and get the next Farrior in free agency. A guy in his 30s that could start for us while we look to draft the MILB of the future. Farrior was a free agent, and he was a good pick up (I don't have any names to suggest. I'm not well versed at who's out there, who would be a good fit and what they could bring.)

We will need to have a blazing fast guy though, I think. With the success of the tight ends, we're going to see tight ends being drafted en masse (pure tight ends, big receivers can be moved, big backs that could be moved, small linemen that can be moved. People are going to go TE nuts and we need to have an excellent, fast, pass covering LB to negate them.)

NYCsteelersfan
02-08-2012, 12:11 PM
While I agree that all should be gone, what do we do at MILB without Farrior and Foote? Sylvester isn't the guy (I'm not sure Worlids is either, though I know he's outside.)

My personal feeling is to go out and get the next Farrior in free agency. A guy in his 30s that could start for us while we look to draft the MILB of the future. Farrior was a free agent, and he was a good pick up (I don't have any names to suggest. I'm not well versed at who's out there, who would be a good fit and what they could bring.)

We will need to have a blazing fast guy though, I think. With the success of the tight ends, we're going to see tight ends being drafted en masse (pure tight ends, big receivers can be moved, big backs that could be moved, small linemen that can be moved. People are going to go TE nuts and we need to have an excellent, fast, pass covering LB to negate them.)

I'm at that point where I'm willing to fill out the defense with the draft and concentrate on the offense. I love defense, but it's a waste to spend too much energy on it when even if you end up with one of the best pass rushers, he gets held almost every down without it being called and when he hits someone, they fine him and or call a penalty.

I much prefer to work on the defensive backs if the Steelers want to spend any money on defense. A decent coverage guy to not leave the opposing team's #1 receiver open every time would be nice.

I want the offensive line repaired. I want to see Roethlisberger get 5 comfortable seconds in the pocket on almost every down like Eli and Brady, and many other QBs in the league get. And it's not just about fixing the run because the Patriots and Giants have zero rush and yet the line still keep the quarterback well protected.

Nolrog
02-08-2012, 05:07 PM
I much prefer to work on the defensive backs if the Steelers want to spend any money on defense. A decent coverage guy to not leave the opposing team's #1 receiver open every time would be nice.

Steeler needs on defense are not on in the secondary anymore. The guys we have can do the job (and they would be better if we could get some QB pressure). We need a nose and another line backer. Two guys who can step in and start game 1.

The OL absolutely needs help. A guard more than a tackle.

My feelings are that they should free up enough money to sign a solid guard to start and use the first pick on the best player between DLine and MILB.

I think more than anything, we need a really good draft. Steeler drafts have been OK, but have been missing on the 2nd and/or 3rd round picks too much. That needs to change.

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I much prefer to work on the defensive backs if the Steelers want to spend any money on defense. A decent coverage guy to not leave the opposing team's #1 receiver open every time would be nice.

Steeler needs on defense are not on in the secondary anymore. The guys we have can do the job (and they would be better if we could get some QB pressure). We need a nose and another line backer. Two guys who can step in and start game 1.

The OL absolutely needs help. A guard more than a tackle.

My feelings are that they should free up enough money to sign a solid guard to start and use the first pick on the best player between DLine and MILB.

I think more than anything, we need a really good draft. Steeler drafts have been OK, but have been missing on the 2nd and/or 3rd round picks too much. That needs to change.

NYCsteelersfan
02-08-2012, 05:15 PM
Steeler needs on defense are not on in the secondary anymore. The guys we have can do the job (and they would be better if we could get some QB pressure).

We have someone who can get pressure, but he is held without any penalty calls and he is fines and or called for roughing when he brings the pressure. As someone wrote in the forum today, there is now an invisible force field placed around quarterbacks and receivers in the new "high-scoring for the casual fans" NFL. Our cornerbacks are almost never there to make the play. I rather have at least one that can stick to his receiver even if he ends up getting called for pass interference.