WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 08, 2012
Steelers begin offeseason moves
The Steelers on Wednesday began the process of getting under the 2012 NFL salary cap by releasing veterans Bryant McFadden and Arnaz Battle.
McFadden, a starting cornerback at the beginning of the season, lost his starting job to William Gay after suffering a hamstring injury.
Battle, the team's special teams captain, also struggled through an injury-plagued 2011 season.
Their release, coupled with a restructuring of linebacker LaMarr Woodley's contract, saves the Steelers around $10 million in cap space.
The Steelers are still around $10 million over the 2012 cap, but have another three weeks to alleviate that issue.
Up next on the restructuring table could be linebacker Lawrence Timmons and nose tackle Casey Hampton.
Timmons' deal would be a straight restructure, with the team looking to lower his $9.1 million cap hit, while Hampton will likely have to take a pay cut from his $4.9 million salary to stick around.