View Full Version : Woodley, Timmons, Ike and cuts. Who or whats next?
02-10-2012, 03:50 PM
So, If I am reading things correctly. The Steelers have cleared about 18 to 19 million dollars off their cap figure.
They are still about 6 to 7 million over the cap. They need 5 to 7 million for RFA tenders and about 5 million in room to sign draft picks.
By my math, they still need to clear 17 million in cap space just to get under the cap, assign RFA tenders, and sign draft picks.
My guess is they try to extend Roethlisberger and restructure another contract.
What comes next or who do they cut outright? It's becoming obvious we will not be signing any free agents that can come in and start.
02-10-2012, 05:24 PM
Let the "cutting" or "release" of the oldies begin...
02-10-2012, 08:02 PM
They might try to restructure Troy or Colon yet, to free up a bit more space & stop them having to cut too many players.
Ben might be on the list too, as might Heath. guys that will be here longer term might just see their contracts extended or restructured.
Once they've squeezed that orange dry, they'll look t cutting the dead-weight guys like McFadden & Battle were- over paid back-ups. Jonathon Scott comes to mind on this one. Will Allen too.
All three should have no problem with the team restructuring their deals. If they are in-fact, cuts in their pay, they deserve it. Woodley took two months sick-leave. Timmons simply didn't live up to his salary. And Ike... well, he's lucky they still let him in the building IMO.
02-10-2012, 10:46 PM
Kemo, Farrior or Foote, Will Allen, J Scott gone
Restructure Ben, Troy, Colon, James and Heath. If hines wants to say he plays for the vet minimum. Maybe restructure Mendy too, add another year (if that is possible) tell him we will give him the time he needs to fully heal but make him cheaper
02-11-2012, 09:21 AM
Cut Hines, Hampton, Kemo, and Foote. Do it.
02-11-2012, 10:33 AM
And Ike... well, he's lucky they still let him in the building IMO.
Wow. The guy has one bad game and you make that statement :wft
I'm glad you have nothing to do with personnel decisions with the Steelers :!:
02-11-2012, 12:06 PM
Steelers: Free agency first look
February, 10, 2012
By Jamison Hensley
Unrestricted (12): QB Charlie Batch, QB Dennis Dixon, QB Byron Leftwich, RB Mewelde Moore, WR Jerricho Cotchery, WR Arnaz Battle, OT Max Starks, G Trai Essex, NT Chris Hoke (retired), CB William Gay, CB Bryant McFadden and P Daniel Sepulveda.
Restricted (7): WR Mike Wallace, TE David Johnson, G-C Doug Legursky, G Ramon Foster, OT Jamon Meredith, CB Keenan Lewis and S Ryan Mundy.
Need to stay: The Steelers are limited in what they can do in terms of their own feee agents because of their cap situation. Pittsburgh has to make a decision about its backup quarterback, and Leftwich is the favorite to get the job. Gay did a solid job in getting his starting job back and should come cheaply if the Steelers want him back. Sepulveda was an effective punter, but Pittsburgh has to decide whether he's too injury-prone. The Steelers will use a first-round tender ($2.7 million) to keep their top restricted free agent, wide receiver Mike Wallace.
Likely to go: Starks, Batch and Hoke aren't expected to return. The Steelers already cut McFadden and Battle to free up $3.5 million in cap space. Others that could soon follow are: WR Hines Ward, NT Casey Hampton, DE Aaron Smith and G Chris Kemoeatu. This will be an offseason of transition for the Steelers.
02-11-2012, 12:07 PM
AFC North: Projected 2012 salary-cap space
February, 10, 2012
By Jamison Hensley
When the 2012 began, the AFC North represented two extremes in terms of the salary cap. The Cincinnati Bengals had the league's best cap situation ($44 million under), and the Pittsburgh Steelers had the worst ($25 million over).
The Steelers, though, have made significant progress this month to get under the cap. Pittsburgh restructured the contracts of linebackers LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons, creating $11.6 million in cap room. The Steelers also freed up $3.5 million in cap space by cutting cornerback Bryant McFadden and wide receiver Arnaz Battle. Those four moves represented a total of $15.1 million in cap room.
There's still plenty of work remaining for the Steelers, who are now a projected $10 million over the cap. Here are five players whose 2012 salaries account for $17.4 million, which makes them candidates to get restructured or released: nose tackle Casey Hampton ($4.8 million), wide receiver Hines Ward ($4 million), guard Chris Kemoeatu ($3.5 million), linebacker Larry Foote ($3 million) and defensive end Aaron Smith ($2.1 million). Some of that cap space will go to wide receiver Mike Wallace, a restricted free agent who will get a first-round tender ($2.7 million).
The Ravens started the offseason in the middle of the pack as far as the salary cap ($8.5 million under). The retirement of running back Ricky Williams gives Baltimore $1.5 million in additional room. The Ravens will get nearly $19 million under the cap when they cut cornerback Domonique Foxworth ($5.6 million salary in 2012) and wide receiver Lee Evans ($3.2 million salary in 2012).
But a chunk of that cap space is expected to go to running back Ray Rice when they put the franchise tag on him. The franchise tag for running backs is expected to be $8 million this year. Baltimore is expected to place a first-round tender ($2.7 million) on their top restricted free agent, cornerback Lardarius Webb.
Like the Bengals, the Browns are among the teams with the most cap room. Cleveland is projected to be $21 million under the cap, which gives it freedom to be active in free agency. The Browns can spend on outside talent because they only have three of their starters heading to free agency (running back Peyton Hillis, linebacker D'Qwell Jackson and safety Mike Adams, in addition to kicker Phil Dawson).
For the Bengals, they once again have plenty of cap room entering free agency. Cincinnati has seven of its starters entering free agency, but the Bengals are looking to upgrade at a lot of those spots on offense: wide receiver, running back and both guard positions.
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