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hawaiiansteel
07-08-2011, 11:51 PM
Originally Published: July 8, 2011

Salary cap plan could pose issues

These teams may need to get creative if numbers currently under discussion hold

By John Clayton
ESPN.com


For the first time in two years, NFL front offices are putting on their salary caps as owners and players try to pound out a labor agreement.

That's why it's vital to forge an agreement that preserves the preseason. Both sides know the impact on the salary cap if revenues shrink. If all goes well, a deal may be reached in time to save the Pro Football Hall of Fame game and the rest of the preseason. Whatever the outcome of successful talks, the 2011 salary cap will be less than it was in 2009, when teams operated with $127 million of cap room.

The preseason is worth $22 to $25 million to each team. Figuring the cap could be as low as $117 million or as high as $125 million this year, everyone is working on a tight margin.

Just go back a week. According to multiple sources, owners came into a secret meeting in Minneapolis saying they had made a mistake on their revenue models. They said they had included the sales tax paid by personal seat license holders in their revenue projections, and that error should shrink projected NFL revenues from $9.6 billion to $9.2 billion. Players said, "All revenue is all revenue,'' meaning if the PSL holders wrote the checks, that money should still count as revenue.

With the guidance of mediator Arthur Boylan, both sides worked through the issues and came to a resolution on all revenue that carried into this week's meeting. What's left is figuring out the percentage. Players have asked for 50 percent of all revenue but would be willing to accept a lesser amount if they could sell the deal at 48 percent.

With a lower cap all but certain in a 2011 labor deal, some teams already are scrambling to figure out how to make their payrolls work. Some figure the 2011 cap will end up at $120 or $121 million. It could be as low as $117 million, depending on some of the benefits resolutions.

Owners are willing to set the minimum amount of money teams must spend in payroll close to the salary cap number. It's called the "guaranteed spend.'' Both sides are tweaking their formulas. One scenario going around, according to a source, is taking the cap to $125 million to free up more cap room but making the guaranteed spend 95 percent or a little less.

Those numbers could be changing by the hour.

But let's look at a few realities. If the cap is at $120 million, approximately seven teams are over the cap, and some of those teams have some interesting issues.

Dallas Cowboys -- The late Gene Upshaw used to say in times of labor trouble, no one protects his team's talent base better than Jerry Jones. Jones has always locked up his best players to give his team the best chance of winning. But the Cowboys are roughly $18.9 million over a $120 million cap, and they will have to make some player sacrifices. Cutting wide receiver Roy Williams, right tackle Marc Colombo and running back Marion Barber would be easy decisions, but not so fast. Their combined salaries are $12.259 million, but those three players have more than $27 million in signing bonus proration. They might create too much dead money against the cap to get under.

Oakland Raiders -- Depending on how much dead money is created by the voiding of Nnamdi Asomugha's contract, the Raiders are more than $10 million over the cap. They can save $2.1 million by cutting guard Cooper Carlisle, but they have only six players with salaries of more than $1 million that can be used to restructure contracts to free up cap room. Remember they gave extensions to defensive end Richard Seymour and defensive tackle John Henderson and made Kamerion Wimbley a franchise player.
New York Giants -- Even though the Giants are $11.34 million over a $120 million cap, they can save $7.5 million if they don't bring back offensive lineman Shawn Andrews. The Giants have plenty of contracts they can restructure, so getting under the cap won't be a problem. The difficulty might be not having too much free cap room for getting into free agency after re-signing key veterans such as Ahmad Bradshaw.

Pittsburgh Steelers -- The Steelers are $10.51 million over, but a $5 million savings comes from not bringing back tackle Flozell Adams. Defensive end Aaron Smith is in the final year of his contract and has a salary of $4.5 million. He might have to restructure his deal or be released. The Steelers have to make sure they have enough room to re-sign cornerback Ike Taylor.

Minnesota Vikings -- The Vikings are $5.148 million over, which will make it tough for them to keep Bernard Berrian. Releasing him would save around $3.7 million. Adrian Peterson is in the final year on his contract with a salary of $10.72 million. He wants a long-term deal, and if the Vikings accommodate it would free up a lot of cap room.

Indianapolis Colts -- The Colts are $2.77 million over. That's not the big problem. The problem is finding cap room. They have $35.5 million tied up in base salaries for Peyton Manning and Dwight Freeney. With Manning's $23 million franchise tag, the Colts have incentive to sign him to a contract extension and get some cap room. After those two players, though, the Colts have only eight other players with salaries above $2 million to consider for cap-friendly restructures or possible release.

Green Bay Packers -- The Packers really don't have a cap problem, particularly if they move linebacker Nick Barnett. Cutting or trading him saves the team about $4.4 million. They can save close to $4.5 million if right tackle Mark Tauscher doesn't come back. The Packers are $62,000 under the cap.

John Clayton, a recipient of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's McCann Award for distinguished reporting, is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/s ... id=6749994 (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=clayton_john&id=6749994)

SanAntonioSteelerFan
07-09-2011, 12:05 AM
I haven't been keeping up as much I should have this off season, so sorry if this is really stupid, but is it pretty much a done deal Flozell isn't coming back?

Oviedo
07-09-2011, 07:14 AM
I think they would like Flozell back but not at $5M. They are really in a jam at RT if he doesn't come back because you have no idea what the status of Colon will be.

If the cap drops, which I predicted it would when this all started, then the Steelers will have hard decisions to make on Aaron Smith, James Farrior, Hines Ward, etc. It will be tough to sign Ike and next year those older players will definitely be gone if they want to keep Troy and Timmons.

steelblood
07-10-2011, 09:32 AM
salary cap will go down? I don't think so. I believe if anything, there will be a soft cap for year one to allow teams to come in full compliance by 2012.

DrCalculus
07-10-2011, 01:32 PM
I agree about the soft cap. I realize Clayton is hurting for story leads, but why would he think that the new CBA (whenever it is finally agreed upon) will work under 1997-2009 rules? That makes no sense. Five months of labor unrest and return with the same exact free agency and salary cap system in place? Isn't that kind of the point of all this --- redistributing revenue, which will alter the cap?

Another point: With such a short window to deal with free agency when it finally does happen, why does he think that the hard cap will be immediately in place this year --- especially when you consider the teams who he notes will most be affected by it, prominent owners when it comes to league matters (he lists NFL royalty as those having cap issues --- like Kraft & Jones are going to put all of this effort into a new CBA and then hamstring themselves with a bad cap situation this year....makes no sense.)

hawaiiansteel
07-15-2011, 11:40 PM
Friday's Daily Five: Potential Cap issues for Steelers?

12:54am - Fri, Jul 15th, 2011 by DePaoli


The NFL lockout is inching closer to officially being over and NFL.com's Jason LaCanfora reports that the salary cap will be $123 million but "feel closer" to $130 million for teams, due to cap credits and such.

Following the Super Bowl, the Steelers salary cap number for 2011 was $116 million, according to ESPN's numbers on February 7th. These numbers included players currently under contract from the 2011 season and obviously did not include rookies, etc.

As things stand right now, the Steelers salary cap number is now pushing $130 million with LaMarr Woodley's franchise tag of $10+ million expected to be guaranteed under the new CBA.

Count in money for rookies such as Cameron Heyward, Marcus Gilbert, Curtis Brown and Cortez Allen who are locks to make the team, the Steelers have some restructuring to do with some veterans or cutting some loose.

The team not to mention has some holes to fill in free agency. The team would like to resign both Ike Taylor and William Gay and expect to resign veteran defensive tackle Chris Hoke.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Steelers would like to sign a veteran running back, whether it be Mewelde Moore or someone else.

There's also Willie Colon who the Steelers would be crazy not to make a strong attempt to bring back.

Aside from that, the team's top priority is locking up young star linebackers Lawrence Timmons and LaMarr Woodley.

Others of note: Mike Wallace is entering the final year of his deal and word is Troy Polamalu has intentions of playing another three to four years.

Veterans carrying high cap hits include Flozell Adams whose due $5 million; Larry Foote is due $2.4 million; WR Antwaan Randle El will make $2 million in 2011;

The good thing for the Steelers is that it's easy in football to clear cap space but they are going to be committing a lot of money to some of their up and coming stars and Ike Taylor should expect that if he returns, it's going to be at the Steelers price.

http://insidepittsburghsports.com/story ... ers/40257/ (http://insidepittsburghsports.com/story/fridays-daily-five-potential-cap-issues-for-steelers/40257/)

JPbucco
07-16-2011, 12:39 PM
Ike is as good as gone, someone will overpay and we can't afford to. Omar Kahn's head is going to explode.

Lot's of restructuring to be done, plus Troy and Timmons are in their final year.

A long term contract will lessen Woodley's hit but veterans like Randel El, Smith, and Foote should be concerned.

Snatch98
07-16-2011, 01:31 PM
If Aaron Smith can play I'd bet the farm that he takes a hometown discount. I can also see Adams taking a discount to allow himself another shot at a Super Bowl. If Smith can't go 100% I can see him flat out retiring or if Pittsburgh doesn't offer him a contract I can see him retiring.

However like others have said I believe we'll have a soft cap and it won't really matter anyway.

RuthlessBurgher
07-20-2011, 09:18 AM
On Sirius NFL Radio this morning, they were talking about the likelihood of a $123 million cap, and they estimated the Steelers currently at $116 million. Their figure of $7 million under the cap certainly doesn't jive with Clayton approximation of us being $10+ million over the cap.

ikestops85
07-20-2011, 09:48 AM
On Sirius NFL Radio this morning, they were talking about the likelihood of a $123 million cap, and they estimated the Steelers currently at $116 million. Their figure of $7 million under the cap certainly doesn't jive with Clayton approximation of us being $10+ million over the cap.

Could it have something to do with the amount of "dead money" we have?

Oviedo
07-20-2011, 10:30 AM
Ike is as good as gone, someone will overpay and we can't afford to. Omar Kahn's head is going to explode.

Lot's of restructuring to be done, plus Troy and Timmons are in their final year.

A long term contract will lessen Woodley's hit but veterans like Randel El, Smith, and Foote should be concerned.

More and more I'm beginning to think that we will not be able to retain Ike. Tampa is like $49M under the cap and they have to spend most of that to get to the new mandated floor so they are probably going to get Nmandi A. which means that there will be a huge bidding war for Ike.

The Steelers need to get younger and cheaper real fast or they risk losing quite a few players. No more luxury of having young players wait in the wings and learn. The mindset on defense is going to have to change because the young, cheaper guys need to get on to the field versus holding onto older, more expensive guys because they have mastered the system.

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
07-20-2011, 11:50 AM
Release possibilities:

Flozell @ $5M with $0 guaranteed
Foote @ $3M cap hit - can split $600K this year, $600K next year by cutting
Smitty @ $6.1M cap hit can save us $4.5M if he is not able to contribute
ARE @ 2.3M cap hit saves us $2M if cut
Battle @ $1.3M saves us $1M if we split his SB over two years

Restructure:

Troy cap hit is $8.595M
Woodley franchise tag is $10M

We can find plenty of money here. Easily over $20M if we cut all 5 guys on the release list, only Smitty is difficult to replace and that is only if he is healthy again. It is still a legitimate concern to weigh his injury concerns against the $4.5M in savings.

hawaiiansteel
07-21-2011, 01:54 AM
Steelers' guide to cap relief

By James Walker
Jul 20, 2011


ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton recently wrote an insightful piece updating the projected salary-cap figures for NFL teams. One note that stood out in the AFC North is that the reigning division champion Pittsburgh Steelers are projected to be more than $10.51 million over the cap.

That means Pittsburgh has plenty of work to do this summer. But fear not, Steeler Nation. The AFC North blog has provided Pittsburgh an easy-to-follow guide for cap relief.

Step No. 1: Release OT Flozell Adams

Analysis: Adams quickly acclimated himself in the Steelers’ locker room and filled in admirably last season. But he makes $5 million in 2011. Releasing Adams alone would get the Steelers halfway to being under the cap. Maybe the Steelers can re-sign him at a lesser number later, but Adams is not irreplaceable. The Steelers drafted offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert in the second round and also could look for a vet in free agency. But if the Steelers can convince Adams to return for, say, $2 million next season, that makes sense for both sides.

Step No. 2: Release WR Antwaan Randle El

Analysis: Randle El signed a three-year, $7 million contract last season but had a subpar 2010 campaign. He was eventually beat out by rookie receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown, who are both younger and more athletic. Now Randle El is fifth on the depth chart. He's a good locker-room presence and plays hard, but cutting Randle El makes business sense.

Step No. 3: Restructure DE Aaron Smith's contract

Skinny: Smith is a great leader and presence in Pittsburgh's locker room. He's also a good player when healthy, but season-ending injuries are taking a toll on the 35-year-old defensive end. Smith is on the books for $4.5 million in the final year of his contract. But you don't just cut a leader and career Steeler like Smith. So asking him to restructure and perhaps save $2 million makes sense. Smith has been an excellent mentor to Ziggy Hood and could be to rookie Cameron Heyward in what could be Smith's final season.

Step No. 4: Release WR Limas Sweed

Skinny: The Steelers have held onto the former second-round pick for three seasons, but both sides should probably go their separate ways. Sweed displayed several flashes but dropped balls in big spots and could never recover. Sweed is coming off a season-ending Achilles injury and enters the final year of a four-year, $3.3 million deal. Similar to Randle El, Sweed would probably be the fifth receiver on Pittsburgh’s depth chart if he stayed. Sweed needs a fresh start and the Steelers need the cap room.

Step No. 5: Sign LaMarr Woodley to a long-term deal

Skinny: Woodley received the franchise tag for a one-year deal worth $10.2 million in February. Woodley, who made just $550,00 last season, is very happy with that amount. But players would prefer long-term security. Woodley, 26, is eating up a huge chunk of this year's cap, and that number could be lowered if the Steelers reach a long-term agreement before the start of the season. That way, both sides would benefit.

If the Steelers follow these five steps, they will be back under the salary cap and ready to make a push for a corner in free agency. None of these decisions are easy, but that's the harsh reality of the NFL.

http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/pos...-to-cap-relief

Oviedo
07-21-2011, 08:12 AM
Steelers' guide to cap relief

By James Walker
Jul 20, 2011


ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton recently wrote an insightful piece updating the projected salary-cap figures for NFL teams. One note that stood out in the AFC North is that the reigning division champion Pittsburgh Steelers are projected to be more than $10.51 million over the cap.

That means Pittsburgh has plenty of work to do this summer. But fear not, Steeler Nation. The AFC North blog has provided Pittsburgh an easy-to-follow guide for cap relief.

Step No. 1: Release OT Flozell Adams

Analysis: Adams quickly acclimated himself in the Steelers’ locker room and filled in admirably last season. But he makes $5 million in 2011. Releasing Adams alone would get the Steelers halfway to being under the cap. Maybe the Steelers can re-sign him at a lesser number later, but Adams is not irreplaceable. The Steelers drafted offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert in the second round and also could look for a vet in free agency. But if the Steelers can convince Adams to return for, say, $2 million next season, that makes sense for both sides.

Step No. 2: Release WR Antwaan Randle El

Analysis: Randle El signed a three-year, $7 million contract last season but had a subpar 2010 campaign. He was eventually beat out by rookie receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown, who are both younger and more athletic. Now Randle El is fifth on the depth chart. He's a good locker-room presence and plays hard, but cutting Randle El makes business sense.

Step No. 3: Restructure DE Aaron Smith's contract

Skinny: Smith is a great leader and presence in Pittsburgh's locker room. He's also a good player when healthy, but season-ending injuries are taking a toll on the 35-year-old defensive end. Smith is on the books for $4.5 million in the final year of his contract. But you don't just cut a leader and career Steeler like Smith. So asking him to restructure and perhaps save $2 million makes sense. Smith has been an excellent mentor to Ziggy Hood and could be to rookie Cameron Heyward in what could be Smith's final season.

Step No. 4: Release WR Limas Sweed

Skinny: The Steelers have held onto the former second-round pick for three seasons, but both sides should probably go their separate ways. Sweed displayed several flashes but dropped balls in big spots and could never recover. Sweed is coming off a season-ending Achilles injury and enters the final year of a four-year, $3.3 million deal. Similar to Randle El, Sweed would probably be the fifth receiver on Pittsburgh’s depth chart if he stayed. Sweed needs a fresh start and the Steelers need the cap room.

Step No. 5: Sign LaMarr Woodley to a long-term deal

Skinny: Woodley received the franchise tag for a one-year deal worth $10.2 million in February. Woodley, who made just $550,00 last season, is very happy with that amount. But players would prefer long-term security. Woodley, 26, is eating up a huge chunk of this year's cap, and that number could be lowered if the Steelers reach a long-term agreement before the start of the season. That way, both sides would benefit.

If the Steelers follow these five steps, they will be back under the salary cap and ready to make a push for a corner in free agency. None of these decisions are easy, but that's the harsh reality of the NFL.

http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/pos...-to-cap-relief

Agree with everything except outright release of Sweed. What's the point? Let him get to camp and see what he can do and if he can't make him then you cut him. His cap hit is nothing this year. Get rid of Arnez Battle and you probably would save more.

Also, lets not be so quick to pencil in Sanders and Brown as superstars in the making. Remember Sanders is coming back from a serious foot injury and we have no idea how that will hold up long term. I would like to see Sweed, Sanders and Brown battling it out and pushing each other.

ikestops85
07-21-2011, 10:10 AM
Steelers' guide to cap relief

By James Walker
Jul 20, 2011


ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton recently wrote an insightful piece updating the projected salary-cap figures for NFL teams. One note that stood out in the AFC North is that the reigning division champion Pittsburgh Steelers are projected to be more than $10.51 million over the cap.

That means Pittsburgh has plenty of work to do this summer. But fear not, Steeler Nation. The AFC North blog has provided Pittsburgh an easy-to-follow guide for cap relief.

Step No. 1: Release OT Flozell Adams

Analysis: Adams quickly acclimated himself in the Steelers’ locker room and filled in admirably last season. But he makes $5 million in 2011. Releasing Adams alone would get the Steelers halfway to being under the cap. Maybe the Steelers can re-sign him at a lesser number later, but Adams is not irreplaceable. The Steelers drafted offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert in the second round and also could look for a vet in free agency. But if the Steelers can convince Adams to return for, say, $2 million next season, that makes sense for both sides.

Step No. 2: Release WR Antwaan Randle El

Analysis: Randle El signed a three-year, $7 million contract last season but had a subpar 2010 campaign. He was eventually beat out by rookie receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown, who are both younger and more athletic. Now Randle El is fifth on the depth chart. He's a good locker-room presence and plays hard, but cutting Randle El makes business sense.

Step No. 3: Restructure DE Aaron Smith's contract

Skinny: Smith is a great leader and presence in Pittsburgh's locker room. He's also a good player when healthy, but season-ending injuries are taking a toll on the 35-year-old defensive end. Smith is on the books for $4.5 million in the final year of his contract. But you don't just cut a leader and career Steeler like Smith. So asking him to restructure and perhaps save $2 million makes sense. Smith has been an excellent mentor to Ziggy Hood and could be to rookie Cameron Heyward in what could be Smith's final season.

Step No. 4: Release WR Limas Sweed

Skinny: The Steelers have held onto the former second-round pick for three seasons, but both sides should probably go their separate ways. Sweed displayed several flashes but dropped balls in big spots and could never recover. Sweed is coming off a season-ending Achilles injury and enters the final year of a four-year, $3.3 million deal. Similar to Randle El, Sweed would probably be the fifth receiver on Pittsburgh’s depth chart if he stayed. Sweed needs a fresh start and the Steelers need the cap room.

Step No. 5: Sign LaMarr Woodley to a long-term deal

Skinny: Woodley received the franchise tag for a one-year deal worth $10.2 million in February. Woodley, who made just $550,00 last season, is very happy with that amount. But players would prefer long-term security. Woodley, 26, is eating up a huge chunk of this year's cap, and that number could be lowered if the Steelers reach a long-term agreement before the start of the season. That way, both sides would benefit.

If the Steelers follow these five steps, they will be back under the salary cap and ready to make a push for a corner in free agency. None of these decisions are easy, but that's the harsh reality of the NFL.

http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/pos...-to-cap-relief

Agree with everything except outright release of Sweed. What's the point? Let him get to camp and see what he can do and if he can't make him then you cut him. His cap hit is nothing this year. Get rid of Arnez Battle and you probably would save more.

Also, lets not be so quick to pencil in Sanders and Brown as superstars in the making. Remember Sanders is coming back from a serious foot injury and we have no idea how that will hold up long term. I would like to see Sweed, Sanders and Brown battling it out and pushing each other.

I agree with you about Sweed. It doesn't hurt to see if we can still salvage something from him. I don't think he is that big of a cap hit. We didn't really utilize Battle last year so letting him go shouldn't be that big of a deal ... unless we start allowing all those kick-offs returned for TDs again :HeadBanger

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
07-21-2011, 11:06 AM
I agree about the soft cap. I realize Clayton is hurting for story leads, but why would he think that the new CBA (whenever it is finally agreed upon) will work under 1997-2009 rules? That makes no sense. Five months of labor unrest and return with the same exact free agency and salary cap system in place? Isn't that kind of the point of all this --- redistributing revenue, which will alter the cap?

Another point: With such a short window to deal with free agency when it finally does happen, why does he think that the hard cap will be immediately in place this year --- especially when you consider the teams who he notes will most be affected by it, prominent owners when it comes to league matters (he lists NFL royalty as those having cap issues --- like Kraft & Jones are going to put all of this effort into a new CBA and then hamstring themselves with a bad cap situation this year....makes no sense.)

Also remember this. The first team listed in the "over" column is the Dallas Cowboys at $18.9M over the cap. Who is the one face you have seen at every owners session? Jerry Jones. Do you really think that he is spending so much time there in order to negotiate an agreement that then forces him to liquidate his players? Nah, JJ don't work that way.

hawaiiansteel
07-23-2011, 01:34 AM
Player movement speeds up after lockout

By Scott Brown, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, July 23, 2011


The continuation of the NFL lockout has only delayed what will be a frenzied signing period for most teams, including the Steelers.

The defending AFC champions have 14 unrestricted free agents. Cornerback Ike Taylor, the Steelers' best player at a position where they are not particularly strong, heads that list.

"Obviously we have a lot of players to sign and a lot of work to do, but certainly Ike would be a priority," Steelers president Art Rooney II said.

The Steelers cannot sign free agents until the owners and players reach a collective bargaining agreement.

If the CBA that the owners ratified Thursday is a guide, teams will have a short window to sign their own players before free agency starts.

The salary cap in 2011 has been set at $120.375 million. That figure isn't likely to change even if the players insist on changes before voting on the proposal.

The Steelers are projected to be about $10 million over the cap, though the CBA allows teams to borrow $3 million from a future year for cap relief.

"We may have to restructure some contracts and hopefully extend some contracts," Rooney said, "so there's going to have to be some work done from a salary cap point of view."

Signing outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley to a multiyear contract before the start of the regular season will be one of the Steelers' top priorities. Woodley signed a one-year, $10 million deal in February after the Steelers used their franchise tag on him.

Locking up Woodley long-term would bring down his cap number for 2011, and the Steelers are almost certain to try and sign strong safety Troy Polamalu and inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons to contract extensions.

The Steelers' immediate focus will be on their own players. After Taylor, Willie Colon figures to be the Steelers' most-coveted free agent.

Colon, who started 54 consecutive games at right tackle from 2006-09, is healthy after missing last season with an Achilles injury.

Colon said he passed someone on the street recently who told him he would be a Steeler for life.

"I told myself that would be a great honor, but the business side of it, that may not happen," Colon said. "Am I OK with it? Yeah, it's just (being) realistic. At this point I'm kind of just sitting in the dark until this thing gets lifted."

FREE AGENT FRENZY

The Steelers have plenty of work ahead once the NFL lockout is lifted. Here is a list of their free agents based on the deal owners ratified Thursday:

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

Willie Colon, OT

Nick Eason, DE

Trai Essex, OL

Keyaron Fox, LB

William Gay, CB

Chris Hoke, NT

Anthony Madison, CB

Mewelde Moore, RB

Jonathan Scott, OT

Daniel Sepulveda, P

Shaun Suisham, K

Matt Spaeth, TE

Ike Taylor, CB

Greg Warren, LS

*RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

Dennis Dixon, QB

Tony Hills, OT

Ryan Mundy, S

*Steelers have right to match offer and receive draft pick if player signs elsewhere. Draft pick is based on the round in which the Steelers took the player who leaves as RFA.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... z1StbP6Iel (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_748123.html#ixzz1StbP6Iel)

frankthetank1
07-23-2011, 09:57 AM
yikes didnt know wallace is already going into his final year of his contract. that is a scary thought of wallace possibly becoming a FA. i thought re-signing ike would be a no brainer but im not so sure now. smith and ward have to retire in the burgh. seeing either leave would be heart breaking. i would think bringing flozell back would be a very high priority. even before colon's injury i never thought he was that great. flozell was a big up grade from colon. the steelers seem to always make the best decisions in situations like this. ala chad brown, but this is pretty unsettling to say the least.

RuthlessBurgher
07-23-2011, 12:04 PM
yikes didnt know wallace is already going into his final year of his contract. that is a scary thought of wallace possibly becoming a FA. i thought re-signing ike would be a no brainer but im not so sure now. smith and ward have to retire in the burgh. seeing either leave would be heart breaking. i would think bringing flozell back would be a very high priority. even before colon's injury i never thought he was that great. flozell was a big up grade from colon. the steelers seem to always make the best decisions in situations like this. ala chad brown, but this is pretty unsettling to say the least.

Yeah, but players won't be unrestricted free agents until they have accrued 4 seasons, and Wallace will have only played 3 after this season when his contract expires. That means that we can retain him for another year with the highest RFA tender (at last check, this was about $3.5 million...but that number may change in the new CBA, who knows), which would require a team that signs him to an offer sheet to also give us a 1st and a 3rd round pick in return (and we would still have an option to match their offer and retain him instead).