Steelers Offseason Plan
Im working on putting this all together in greater detail cap wise... but for now...
UFA (Let walk)
- Ryan Clark
- Ziggy Hood
CUT or TAKE A PAY CUT
- Ike Taylor (12 mil cap hit)- There's no way to sugar coat it. Ike Taylor doesn't "deserve" to be cut, even though a large portion of the fan base doesn't understand football and blames him every time a football is caught and he's on the screen. But he's 34, and cutting him saves 7 million in cap space. I would leave open the idea that he could return if he took a massive pay cut from his 7 million base salary, to say 2 million. That would mean we could keep him at a cap hit of 7 million. I'd rather have Ike for a year at 7 million in cap space, then have No Ike, and 5 million in dead space... side note : could Ike move to FS ? Many athletic corners have done it later in their careers. (yea yea, he can't catch...)
Cut Savings: 7 Million (I cut him)
Pay Cut: 1 Year / 2 million guaranteed salary
Cap Hit: 7 million (includes remaining prorated bonus from current contract)
CUT or EXTEND
-Troy (10.9 cap) needs to decide if he wants to finish his career as a Steeler. If he does, it will require taking a far below market deal. Cutting Troy saved 8.25, with only 2.6 in dead space. That's a no brainer. However, We could re-sign Troy for 2-3 more seasons as he's proved this year, that when healthy, he's still at the top of the game.
Cut Savings: 8.25 million
New Contract proposal: 5 Years / 37 million (I extended)
15 million in signing bonus
5 million in guaranteed salary in the first 2 seasons
Cap hits of (2014-2018): 6.6, 7, 8, 8, 10
CUT or EXTEND
- Heath Miller cannot be paid like a top 3 TE... He's still a very good TE, but he's simply not dynamic enough to eat 9.5 in cap space. He should be extended to finish his career here... but not at market value. Cutting him saves 6 million in cap space.
Cut Savings: 6 million
New Contract proposal: (I extended)
5 years / 28 million
8 million in signing bonus
4 million in guaranteed salary in the first 2 seasons
Cap hits of (2014-2018): 6, 4.6, 5.6, 6.6, 8.6
- Ben needs to get a new deal that gives us some flexibility the next few years... with current restructures its difficult to do without him taking a discount... rip up the remaining 2 years... Ben says he'll do what it takes...
Proposed Contract : 7 years / 100 million / 39 million guaranteed
Cap hits of (2014-2020): 12.8, 12.8, 19, 19, 24, 20, 26
McLendon - saves 1.8
Foote - saves 1.2
- Do it NOW!!!
5 yrs / 18 million / 8 million guaranteed
Cap hits 2014-2018 : 4, 5.1, 5.1, 7.1, 8.6
- Not going to get much, but a late round pick is fine
- Velasco : 4 yrs / 12 million
structured with workout and roster bonuses to protect in the first 2 years against injury results
Cap hits 2014-2017 : 2, 2.5, 3.0, 4.5
- Cody Wallace : 1 YR / 570K / ERFA tender
- Al Woods : 4 yrs / 9 million / 2.8 guaranteed
Cap hits 2014-2017 : 2.1, 2.5, 3.2, 4
- Cotchery : 2 yrs / 5 million / Fully Guaranteed
Cap hits 2014-2015: 2.5, 2.5
- Warren : 1 yr / 900k
- F. Jones : 2 yrs / 2.5 million / 500k guaranteed
Cap hits 2014-2015: 1.25, 1.25
Find a way
- Worrilds : 3 yrs / 18 million / 8 million guaranteed
Cap hits 2014-2016: 4, 7, 7
QB : Ben, Gradkowski, Jones
RB : Bell, Jones, Johnson
WR : Brown, Cotchery, Wheaton, Moye
TE : Heath, Spaeth, Paulson
OT : Beachum, Gilbert, Adams
OG : Decastro, Foster, Embernate
OC : Velasco, Wallace
NT : Woods, Fangupo, Williams
DE : Heyward, Arnfelt
ILB : Timmons, Williams, Garvin, Spence
OLB : Woodley, Worrilds, Jones, Carter
CB : Allen, Gay, Brown, Blake
S : Troy, Shamarko, Golden
These moves put us at 116 million... with 44 players signed.... in a perfect world....
That leaves us about 10 million to play with in terms of signing some depth, and signing a new rookie class.
I'd keep Dwyer over Jones. I have no issue keeping Ziggy. I'd Cut or trade Woodley and Sign Worilds.
I Love TRoy but I'm not extending him 5 years. He needs to take a cut because his play doesn't match that salary. Same thing for Ike, Pay cut. Not Cutting McLendon.
Keith Butler is my New DC.