Nowthat the last football has been passed for the 2011 season: let take a look at the Steelers roster to see how they can cut the fat. All we have heard is how they (the Steelers) are in trouble because the are almost 18 million over the cap, and the projected cap number isn't expected to go up: The Steelers will need to release some vets who have bleed Black and Gold from many years, but as I see it, these should be hard decisions.
saved 5.8 Million: Casey Hampton: Hampton was one of the best run stopping NT this past decade, but with the spread offense, and the rule changes, to aloud run blocking, the Big Snack time in the burgh is over. With the process of McLendon and Casey being a two down player. It not worth the money any longer (8 million cap hit next year). Besides with ACL injury and someone push 350+ bills doesn't sound like it a good mix.
saved 2.4 Million: Chris Kemoeatu: With the two undrafted player starting in place of Kemo, the writing is on the wall: If Pouncey didn't get hurt the later part of the year, Kemo would have been buried on the beach. Kemo is one of the most inconsistent player I have seen. Once play he looks like a All-Pro, the next he looks like we should have cut him yesterday. But either way he is NOT worth 5 million cap hit next year.
saved 3.0 million: Larry Foote: I love Foote, but not at that price. he will be a two down player, coming off the field on passing down. And with more teams going to 3-5 receiver, Foote will either lower his base pay of be release.
saved 2.1 million: Aaron Smith: One of the Steelers best DL since the Steel Curtain, but enough is enough: on IR 3 of the last 4 seasons. From what the other say, maybe he could stay on as an assistant DL coach and take over when coach Mitchell retires. But I don't want to see Aaron in a Steelers uniform next season.
saved 2.2 million: Jonathan Scott: he was signed to play LT and didn't do well last year, to the point that the Steelers signed Starks off the couch and outside of when someone went down never played again. I think he is worth resigning, but at base minimum price. The lest tape people have on him the better he plays.
saved 2.5 million: Bryant MacFadden: With the youngster (Brown and Allen) on the roster, and with the resigning of either Gay or Lewis, MacFadden is a luxury the Steelers cannot afford.
saved 1.3 million: Will Allen: outside of playing special teams, I don't remember him ever play a down on defense. The Steelers could replace him with Cromatie-Smith and save a few dollars.
saved 1.0 million: Arnaz Battle: again strictly a special team player: with the young money crew, and either Ward of JC resigning. Battle is someone that can be replaced.
Restructure Wards contract because of the a reduce role could save another 2.0 million: and depending on who they draft cutting Farrior could save another 2.9 million. I would hate to see Farrior and Foote leave in the same year, so to me, it's an either/or with both players.
Without restructing deal of Ward and Farrior the Steeles would cut 20.3 million from their cap numbers. If the rework some of the higher player contracts they could also sign Wallace to a long term deal, and make offers to Kapions McLendon and Redman.
But all of these issue could leave a BIG HOLE in the leadership role: Hampton, and Smith on the DL: Farrior, and Foote at the LBS. But it time for the Steelers to get younger and they might as well start in 2012.