I am really hoping Woodley heals. I am not a Worilds person at all. Franchise? They gotta be kidding. He is next to nothing.
You say Spencer is available. That would be huge.
this would be nice.. we can dream!
Not saying that it can't be done, but it will require a lot more work than we have here. In order to make this kind of room, we would probably need to extend Ben and maybe one or two others (Timmons and Pouncey come to mind). We would probably need significant concessions from Ike, Heath, and Troy.
Keeping Velasco and Pouncey might not be a luxury we can afford, if Velasco is going to come in around $3M per. That is a lot for a backup. Foster is very reasonably priced and can start. We probably have to choose between Pouncey and Velasco, and rehab will have a lot to do with that question.
As for the idea of making Woodley a June 1 cut, it can be done but think about this...how would you like to have an extra $4.3M of cap space this season? That is the amount that Willie "False Start" Colon will count against the Steelers 2014 cap. If Wood is cut then he will count over $8M against the 2015 cap as a distant memory. Not saying that it isn't the right move, but cutting a player does not make him disappear.
I like your plan but question whether it is feasible. If Woodley is cut, there is no relief until June 1. If Worilds is franchised, he will count just under $11 million towards the 2014 cap. Signing him to a long term deal, with prorated bonuses, will provide less of an immediate impact. I just don't see the room for 4 significant signings.
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Thats 15M. The total roster increase of players under contract is 11 mil. Cutting Woodley and restructuring Ike, Troy, Heath and possibly Ben will provide further relief. The signings are very doable. Unlikely but doable.
The cap is scheduled to be approximately $126 million. Cutting Levi Brown and one of these restructures gets you even. You'd have to restructure all of Ike, Troy, Heath and Ben to get even and franchise Worilds. With Woodley, if you cut him, there are two options: you either do it post June 1, save some money this year, but have dead money on the cap next year. Or, you cut Woodley straight out, take the whole hit, lose $500k in cap space, but stop kicking the can down the road.
I'm sure the Steelers can get creative and sign a guy or two, but 4 significant signings will be difficult.