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BlitzburghRockCity
03-05-2012, 07:17 PM
Ed Bouchette tweeted up today that Kevin Colbert said they had no cap room to franchise Mike Wallace, which is what we all knew anyways. Colbert mentioned that they feel good about where they are with the salary cap right now and that for the time being no more player cuts are forthcoming.

After the recent cuts of Farrior, Smith, Kemo, and Ward they shaved enough to get around $10-$11 million below the cap as we know but I would suspect more restructures are on the way if they want to tender offer their RFA's this week and expect to have any room left. Hampton and Polamalu still have to be some of the top choices for a restructure at some point.

Should they not do so, then not all of the RFA's are getting offers that much is clear.





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Goodfrom55
03-05-2012, 08:41 PM
Cut Hampton. I would be hesitant to restructure too many more contracts as doing so is like borrowing from Peter to pay Paul. I know these contracts are not guaranteed money, but unless the salary cap explodes in 2013 and 2014, Steelers might be in trouble. Hampton is done after next year anyway and he is coming off ACL surgery - why are they keeping him around?

BlitzburghRockCity
03-05-2012, 09:01 PM
Hampton is kind of a unique situation in that he has a high cap value and he's older, plus with Hoke gone there isn't much left at NT so they'll keep him I would imagine. If they cut Casey, they literally have nobody on the roster at NT other than McLendon. Either way I would hope they'll use a high draft pick on a NT.

I wouldn't mind seeing them restructure mainly because of how much they can free up. The TV deal money is going to be there basically with an extra $3 billion in revenue for the league so they cap should go up enough that they'll be able to handle it. In theory at least.

Ibleedblk&gld
03-05-2012, 10:20 PM
I love big snack, but with his injury and us needing some cap space, I'd like to see them cut ties with him

BlitzburghRockCity
03-05-2012, 10:42 PM
FWIW, Colbert also mentioned in the interview with Bob Labriola he wouldn't rule out more personnel moves depending on what the cap number is. That should be released within the next week or so.

greg1964
03-06-2012, 08:38 AM
I know these contracts are not guaranteed money, but unless the salary cap explodes in 2013 and 2014, Steelers might be in trouble.

That's what the Steelers are counting on: The "new money" from the TV contracts take effect in 2014. This year the cap will flat-line or take a dip, with a little bumo next year (estimated 5 million) then explode in 2014 with a (estimated 12-17 million) jump in 2014.

Besides: The contact that are being restructed, are of younger players, the Harrison, T.P, Clark, Hampton ap hit are high, but they are not projected to be with the team in 4-5 years.

Nolrog
03-06-2012, 10:29 AM
Hampton is kind of a unique situation in that he has a high cap value and he's older, plus with Hoke gone there isn't much left at NT so they'll keep him I would imagine. If they cut Casey, they literally have nobody on the roster at NT other than McLendon. Either way I would hope they'll use a high draft pick on a NT.

They literally have no one but McLendon anyway. Hampton will be out for much (if not all) of the season. Considering his cap savings and the significant player that money could bring back in FA, it makes no sense to keep him.

coldrolled
03-06-2012, 10:43 AM
They literally have no one but McLendon anyway. Hampton will be out for much (if not all) of the season. Considering his cap savings and the significant player that money could bring back in FA, it makes no sense to keep him.

the doctors are probably calling for a quick return. Like Smith came back real quick..

where is thaddeus gibson anyways?

coldrolled
03-06-2012, 10:52 AM
do you trade out harrison and sign......

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Real Deal Steel
03-06-2012, 11:26 AM
As much as I want to address the O-line (and I really, really do) I think now we need to take the best NT we can get either in the draft with our first pick, cut Hampton and then find a back-up who's adequete but cheap too. Hampton's money is too big to warrant us keeping him.

If he wants to remain a Steeler then he takes a massive pay cut and should be used in a back-up role. He's hurt all the time and clearly on the decline.

CowherPower
03-09-2012, 12:37 AM
I don't see anyway they'd even consider trading Harrison or trying to release him in favor of Mario Williams. He's going to get one of the richest contracts in NFL history for a defensive player, they couldn't begin to afford him.

coldrolled
03-11-2012, 01:28 PM
So what is the CAP for 2012

steelcityrockers
03-12-2012, 12:26 PM
$120.6 million

Real Deal Steel
03-12-2012, 12:34 PM
Don't care what Colbert is saying now, he knows that there IS going to be more cuts. And Hampton is the number one target. If they get the NT they want in the draft, Hampton will immediatly be cut and probably resigned. Providing he doesn't take a pay cut before hand.