Page 4 of 5 FirstFirst ... 2345 LastLast
Results 31 to 40 of 44

Thread: Terminations (Ike?) should come soon

  1. #31
    Legend hawaiiansteel's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Hawaii 5-0
    Posts
    14,729
    Steelers extend jobs, eliminate some others in money-saving moves

    March 5, 2014
    By Ed Bouchette / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



    The Steelers saved some jobs, nearly came into salary-cap compliance and bade goodbye to another of their three-time Super Bowl veterans Wednesday with a squall of moves.

    After extending the contracts of tight end Heath Miller and safety Troy Polamalu, they released linebacker Larry Foote, a 12-year veteran with two Super Bowl rings and their starting linebacker until he was injured in the opener in 2013.

    They also released cornerback Curtis Brown, a third-round draft bust from 2011, and veteran offensive tackle Levi Brown, whom they acquired in a trade with Arizona in October in an emergency move. He quickly went down with a torn triceps in pregame warm-ups and never played for them.

    In addition, they came to terms with safety Will Allen on a one-year minimum contract before he could become a free agent. Allen, though, has not yet signed his deal.

    Those moves created somewhere around $15 million in salary-cap space, which puts the Steelers within breathing room of compliance with the cap number required by 4 p.m. Tuesday.

    They created nearly $8 million in salary-cap space when they extended two of their iconic players, Polamalu and Miller, through the 2016 season at little cost to them.

    They saved $6.25 million by releasing Levi Brown, $1.3 million by releasing Foote and maybe a couple hundred-thousand by releasing Curtis Brown, who was to earn a $645,000 salary (but will be replaced on their top 51 salaries by someone earning $420,000).

    Miller and Polamalu took one for the team when they agreed to their new contracts. Neither received any additional compensation to do so, which is rare, especially for two players who have been perhaps the best at their positions in the club’s history.

    The two deals, however, virtually assured that both will end their playing days in a Steelers uniform.

    “I am thankful and blessed to be in a position to play my entire career in Pittsburgh,” Polamalu wrote on Twitter Wednesday night.

    Miller’s new deal whittles his salary cap by $3.3 million. All the Steelers did was convert $5 million of his $6 million 2014 salary to a signing bonus and extend his contract by two years with no new money added other than non-guaranteed salaries of $4 million per year.

    Polamalu’s move will create $4.5 million in salary-cap space this year. They converted $6.75 million of his $8.25 million salary for 2014 into a bonus, and he will receive the remaining $1.5 million in a salary in 2014. He also has non-guaranteed salaries of $6 million in 2015 and $5.75 million in 2016.

    Foote was scheduled to earn a $1.5 million salary in 2014 and, while the Steelers save that, they also must account for the $333,000 of his signing bonus that was pro-rated for 2015. It now counts this year.

    While Foote’s release saved them little under the cap, his coaches believe he is finished as a player. Rookie Vince Williams replaced him in the starting lineup, and the Steelers still have hopes that Sean Spence can come back from a devastating preseason knee injury in 2012, his rookie year.

    Levi Brown was never in their plans for 2014. Curtis Brown was deeply disappointing to them as a player, a third-round draft pick from Texas who never cut it even as a good special-teams player. Cortez Allen, drafted in the fourth round that same year, quickly bypassed Brown on the depth chart and, eventually, became a starting cornerback. Brown played in seven games in 2013 and finished on injured reserve.

    All players released are replaced by a minimum-salary player ($420,000) on their top 51 salary list. So Foote’s savings are really closer to $800,000 and Levi Brown’s $5.8 million.

    Despite clearing so much space Wednesday, the Steelers still have work to do to create more room in order to sign perhaps wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery, a few others of their impending free agents and maybe make a stab at other teams’ free agents come Tuesday.

    After the smoke cleared on their busiest day of 2014, still standing on the roster were veteran cornerback Ike Taylor and his $7 million salary and outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley and his $8 million salary.

    They have not asked Taylor to take a pay cut but are expected to do so. They also might ask Woodley to take one. One or both also are subject to being released.

    http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/s...#ixzz2vCadoUfI

  2. #32
    Legend papillon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Under your bed
    Posts
    6,813
    Man, Miller and Polamalu really took one for the team, extensions with no new money, they each could have told the Steelers to pound salt and got 3 year deals worth more than their current contracts. That's really wanting to remain with one team your entire career.

    I'm kind of surprised the union allows this kind of thing without adding new money to a contract.

    Pappy


    1.15) Ryan Shazier - ILB/OLB
    2.46) Stephon Tuitt - DE
    3.97) Dri Archer - RB
    4.118 ) Martavis Bryant - WR
    5.157) Shaquille Richardson - CB
    6.173) Wesley Johnson - OT
    6.192) Jordan Zumwalt - ILB
    7.215) Daniel McCullers - DT
    7.230) Rob Blanchflower - TE

    "Before you can win a game, you have to not lose it." -- Chuck Noll

  3. #33
    Legend
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    12,864
    Quote Originally Posted by papillon View Post
    Man, Miller and Polamalu really took one for the team, extensions with no new money, they each could have told the Steelers to pound salt and got 3 year deals worth more than their current contracts. That's really wanting to remain with one team your entire career.

    I'm kind of surprised the union allows this kind of thing without adding new money to a contract.

    Pappy
    They obviously want to stay in Pittsburgh vs testing the market..

    A LOT of vets think they will get a phone call and they aren't because teams prefer to go young.

  4. #34
    Legend hawaiiansteel's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Hawaii 5-0
    Posts
    14,729
    No Bloodletting Among Moves

    By Ed Bouchette Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Good morning,

    Some Thursday stuff:

    --- Who might have thought the Steelers would be nearly cap compliant by now without touching Ike Taylor’s contract? His position actually improved Wednesday when they released Curtis Brown, kind of, sort of. Hey, he was at least someone who had played cornerback for them. They are now down to three corners of significance (with all due respect to Isaiah Green). One thing is for sure, though: Taylor will not earn a $7 million salary if he’s still on the roster when they start playing in 2014.

    --- Another move that has not yet been made is LaMarr Woodley. He too won’t be back on the roster at his $8 million salary. Between him and Taylor, they should be able to shave another $7 million off their 2014 salary cap; that’s if they both return. I’m still betting Woodley will not.

    --- Larry Foote was not released to save room under the salary cap. He was only going to make a salary of $1.5 million and they are saving about half of that by cutting him. He was released because the coaches felt he could no longer play to standards. I wonder how they determined that? He has not stepped foot on a playing field in uniform, practice or otherwise, since his biceps were torn in the opener last season.

    At the time, Foote was their starting inside linebacker. He has done nothing to show since they he can no longer play up to their standards. They probably looked at one other number when they decided to release him: 34, which will be his age in June.

    --- The Steelers have not opened negotiations with wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery yet.

    --- Of their three free agent defensive linemen, the Steelers would like to sign two, and at the very least one. One of them is Brett Keisel, but if he returns it would have to be at the veteran minimum and at the moment, Keisel probably believes he deserves more, either here or elsewhere. The other two are Ziggy Hood and Al Woods.

    --- Foote’s departure leaves only four players under contract for 2014 who have rings from Super Bowl XL – Ben Roethlisberger, Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor and Heath Miller. Two others from that team who become free agents on Tuesday are Brett Keisel and Greg Warren.

    --- There are only four more who were on the ’08 Super Bowl champs. Add Lawrence Timmons, LaMarr Woodley, William Gay and Matt Spaeth.

    --- Those indicate the Steelers, for the most part, have not stuck too long with the players who helped them win Super Bowls.

    --- Of all the moves the Steelers have made so far to nearly get into salary cap compliance, none really is surprising. Miller and Polamalu are back after speculation (elsewhere, not here) they might not be. Taylor and Woodley are still on the team. They have Jason Worilds under contract and Will Allen under agreement. They still need to make cap room and Taylor/Woodley will be affected one way or another, but it’s not the bloodletting that many expected over the hysteria that the Steelers had badly mismanaged their cap.

    Onto one question for Ask Ed:

    --- YOU: OK, a couple of prior draft questions: First, is it true the year we drafted Burress, that we had an agreement with Bill Parcells to swap spots so we could get Pennington and they could get Burress? If I recall, Bill was not a happy camper after this. Second, although our FO denied it, were we going to draft Revis before the Jets jumped in front of us that draft?

    ED: Yes, they were trying to work out a deal with the Jets. I forget the specifics, but there was never a deal made, just talks of one. It’s a good thing they never made it because they might not have drafted Ben Roethlisberger four years later. I do not believe they were going to draft Darrelle Revis in 2007. Mike Tomlin, in his first year, was hot on Lawrence Timmons the whole way.

    --- YOU (via Twitter @EdBouchette): Who else do you think will be released?

    ED: I’m still betting on Woodley and Ike Taylor remains an outside chance if he would not agree to a paycut. Other than that, they’re done as far as I can see. There are no other players who are remotely possible of being cut. Those, of course, do not include free agents such as Ryan Clark, Keisel, Ziggy Hood, Emmanuel Sandners, Jonathan Dwyer et al whose contracts expire. Many of them will not return.

    --- YOU (via Twitter): Do you see us releasing McLendon if we go DT early?

    ED: No. They are thin enough on the defensive line without releasing someone who can play two positions and started for them at one in 2013.

    http://sportsblogs.post-gazette.com/...s/201403060001

  5. #35
    Legend hawaiiansteel's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Hawaii 5-0
    Posts
    14,729
    Ed Bouchette ‏@EdBouchette:

    “@randyjudy75: @EdBouchette any news if Ike is will to take the pay cut?” ... They haven't yet asked him

    7 Mar 2014

    https://twitter.com/EdBouchette

  6. #36
    Legend hawaiiansteel's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Hawaii 5-0
    Posts
    14,729
    Mark Kaboly ‏@MarkKaboly_Trib:

    Steelers DB Curtis Brown had surgery in January for torn ACL. Wasn't going to be ready for season anyways.

    https://twitter.com/MarkKaboly_Trib

  7. #37
    Starter
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    784
    If Ike plays this year under his current contract, that will be the outright worst personnel move of the year..

    With the FO already re-working Heath and Troy's contracts, you would have to think a pay cut or outright cut is coming...

  8. #38
    Legend
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    12,864
    Quote Originally Posted by Ernie View Post
    If Ike plays this year under his current contract, that will be the outright worst personnel move of the year..

    With the FO already re-working Heath and Troy's contracts, you would have to think a pay cut or outright cut is coming...
    The Rooneys love Ike

  9. #39
    Pro Bowler Steelhere10's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    man from Sudan
    Posts
    1,654
    Quote Originally Posted by feltdizz View Post
    The Rooneys love Ike
    What's love got to do with it, got to do with it
    What's love on a second hand emotion.

  10. #40
    Legend fordfixer's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    State of confusion
    Posts
    7,531
    Quote Originally Posted by Steelhere10 View Post
    What's love got to do with it, got to do with it
    What's love on a second hand emotion.
    Thanks Tina

    Molon labe

    People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. George Orwell



    American metal pimped by asiansteel
    Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you 1. Jesus Christ, 2.The American G.I., One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •