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Heinz Field Management Issues Fan Reminders for Sunday’s Game

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Chris Hoke Talks Retirement, Steelers’ Issues Heading Into Training Camp

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Heinz Field Management Issues Advisory for Saturday’s Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw Concert

Heinz Field management is reminding fans attending the ‘Brothers of the Sun’ Tour concert on Saturday, June 30, of stadium policies that are in place at Heinz Field. Saturday is the only night that…

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Video: Schefter on the Steelers’ Offseason Issues

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter addressed the two most talked about issues of the Steelers’ offseason so far: the future of wide receiver Mike Wallace and the relationship between quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

In his mailbag, Schefter writes that the Steelers are vulnerable to losing Wallace and it’s not by choice. Pittsburgh might be forced to put the first-round tender on Wallace instead of the franchise tag because it’s $ 11 million over the salary cap. He named the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers as teams who might sign Wallace to an offer sheet.

“That team can load up that contract with a big roster bonus that would count against the Steelers’ salary cap this season,” Schefter writes. “If Wallace signs an offer sheet that contains a $ 20 million roster bonus, the Steelers are left with two choices: they can match the offer sheet, keep Wallace and then have to cut $ 20 million worth of players; or they can decline to match, lose Wallace and get that cap space along with a first-round pick.”

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Video – ESPN: Steelers Could Have Major Issues with Hanging Onto Wallace

The Steelers need to be careful with Mike Wallace’s contract situation, lest he land with a division rival.

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A View on How the Steelers Will Deal with the Salary Cap Issues in 2012

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Football Outsiders is out and doing Division by Division looks at the salary cap and how it affects each team around the league.

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Here’s the Steelers breakdown, and some of the background on how they think things will play out for the team.

Estimated Cap Space: Around $ 12 million over

Unrestricted Free Agents (11):
Charlie Batch, Jerricho Cotchery, Dennis Dixon, Trai Essex, William Gay, Chris Hoke (retired), Byron Leftwich, Anthony Madison, Mewelde Moore, Daniel Sepulveda, Max Starks

Restricted Free Agents (7): Ramon Foster, David Johnson, Doug Legursky, Keenan Lewis, Jamon Meredith, Ryan Mundy, Mike Wallace

David Johnson, Ryan Mundy, Ramon Foster, Doug Legursky and Keenan Lewis can expect, at minimum, an original round tender worth $ 1.26 million in non-guaranteed base salary.

Franchise Tag Candidate: One season after ranking first in receiving DYAR and DVOA, wide receiver Mike Wallace ranked fifth and eighth in those statistics in 2011. With the elimination of the “first- and third-round” tender in the new collective bargaining agreement, a team in need of a wide receiver could target Wallace if the cost is only a 2012 first round pick. It’s worth noting that two teams in need of a deep threat at wide receiver are the Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots, both of whom are armed with cap room and an additional first round pick, so the Steelers may have no choice but to construct a bigger fence around Wallace by placing the projected $ 9.5 million franchise tender on Wallace.

Potential Cap Casualties/Restructures: The Steelers have already cleared around $ 18 million from the cap by restructuring the contracts of Ike Taylor, LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons (Following these links to see the details of the Woodley and Timmons restructures). Ben Roethlisberger and James Harrison both restructured their contracts to free up cap space last August. Doing so again could potentially free up another $ 8 million of cap space, which helps, but still won’t get the Steelers far enough under the cap to be able to tender offers to their restricted free agents.

Other restructure candidates include Troy Polamalu ($ 9.1375 million cap number), Casey Hampton ($ 8.057 million cap number in final year of his contract), offensive linemen Willie Colon ($ 5.7 million cap number) and Chris Kemoeatu ($ 5.262 million cap number), and Hines Ward. Ward is due $ 4 million in base salary and has a $ 4.61 million cap number in 2012. Outright releasing Ward would free up $ 3.39 million of cap space, but Ward is open to restructuring his contract and lowering his cap number. Pittsburgh would likely seek to reduce their cash commitment to Ward, so a reworked contract would certainly be incentive-laden.

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Ike Taylor also restructures his contract to help the Steelers cap issues

The Steelers have been busy, busy this week.  Ike Taylor who just signed a 4 year contract last year has also agreed to restructure his contract.  ProFootballTalk is reporting that Taylor who was scheduled to make $ 5.75 million in base salary this year is going to go down to the league minimum for his experience which is $ 825,000 for salary and take the rest as a signing bonus now.  This move saved the Steelers $ 3.28 million in cap space.
According to PFT between Woodley, Timmons and Taylor’s restructures the Steelers have gotten down nearly $ 15 million dollars closer to getting under the cap.  I’m sure there will be a few more to come.

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Salary Cap Issues: What Decisions Are The Steelers Faced With in 2012, Part I


With the releases of CB Bryant McFadden and WR Arnaz Battle, the Steelers are taking their first steps toward getting their top 51 players under the salary cap by the start of the 2012 league season – March 13.

Other moves will certainly be coming, but there are several options the team could pursue by that date.

In part I of this two part series, we’ll dive into the looming cuts expected within the roster, and some projections for restricted free agency.

Aaron Smith’s Decision

There are two choices, both between the team and Smith. After an outstanding career in Pittsburgh, Smith could decide to hang them up. The team would then eat the remaining balance of his contract, but not the whole thing, and save around $ 1 million.

Option 2 is a bit more blunt (but at least as realistic). If Smith doesn’t retire, he won’t play for the Steelers next year. The time and money they’ve sunk into the defensive line came through most of last season, and young players like Cam Heyward and Ziggy Hood have nowhere to go but up. It would, perhaps, be ideal to have a healthy Smith play through a farewell tour in 2012, provide adequate amount of playing time and continue to foster the development of the younger players. The financial reality is his physical condition makes him too much of a liability to risk paying that much, and a reduced salary may not be of any benefit, should he get hurt again.

Pay Reductions

The Steelers will also ask some guys to take paycuts. WR Hines Ward said he would, and is under contract for one more year. Getting him down to the veteran minimum would save another $ 1 million and change, and regardless of his stats from 2011 (under former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians), he can still contribute as the team’s 4th receiver. WR Jerricho Cotchery is a value guy, not a necessary guy, and likely won’t be back in 2012, judging by the current cap predictions of around $ 120 million.

NT Casey Hampton tore his ACL Jan. 8 at Denver. That means the 35-year-old Hampton began the standard rehabilitation time in 2012, and the likelihood of making a full recovery in the same calendar year at his age (let alone conditioning issues) is very low. He doesn’t have much of a choice but to take a pay reduction and start the year on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list. That would give the Steelers a roster exemption to keep Hampton there until he’s able to play.

Nine months is the typical stated recovery time for a torn ACL. Even if you don’t factor in the time to get back into shape from that many months of relative inactivity, Hampton would have to exceed expectations if he’ll be ready to play by Week 1.

With James Farrior and Larry Foote – the current buck linebackers – it seems at least one of them will have to take a paycut to stay in town. The Steelers could decide to cut one and reduce the contract of the other, but the main concern with this is depth. The buck is the quarterback of the defense – the guy who makes the pre-snap adjustments at the line. The Steelers will not find anyone this year more experienced and ready to play the position in this regard than Farrior or Foote, so the release of either of them will hurt this team on the field in the short run. It’s something that likely has to be done though, so expect the Steelers to find someone in this year’s draft to groom for the spot in 2013.

Contract Restructures

OLB LaMarr Woodley and ILB Lawrence Timmons have agreed to contract restructures, which will provide some needed relief (exact figures were not released, per the Post-Gazette).

While the Post-Gazette reported they may look into restructuring the contracts of SS Troy Polamalu and QB Ben Roethlisberger, it seems more likely that Roethlisberger’s contributions to the cap issue could come in the form of an extension. If he agrees to tack on another two years to his current deal and spreads the money due to him in that time frame a bit more evenly, he’ll get more in the end and help keep the team financially viable so he can continue winning (he has to be aware that it’ll be hard to compete with the amount of rookie and veteran minimum guys the Steelers will need to sign if money doesn’t get freed up). Now that Patriots QB Tom Brady has been to five Super Bowls and Giants QB Eli Manning has won his second, Roethlisberger knows he’s got some work to do.

March 13 and Restricted Free Agency

Some combination/variation of those moves would probably get them to the point where the top 51 guys are under the cap – required by March 13.

March 13 is also when restricted free agency begins, concerning players whose contracts have expired but who have no more than three years of experience.

The Steelers restricted free agents are WR Mike Wallace, TE David Johnson, LG Doug Legursky, RG Ramon Foster, CB Keenan Lewis, and FS Ryan Mundy.

Restricted free agents are allowed to pursue offers from other teams, but depending on the level tendered by their current team, the new team must provide a draft pick or picks as compensation. That compensation is based on this scale:

  • First Round (highest tender), $ 2.742 million
  • Second Round, $ 1.927 million
  • Original Round/Right of First Refusal $ 1.26 million

Before the new Collective Bargaining Agreement reached between the league and the NFLPA, the highest level tender was for a first and third round pick. That level no longer exists.

Each of the Steelers’ restricted free agents will receive one of the top three tender offers. Steel City Insider’s Jim Wexell estimates the total amount tendered to those six players will be around $ 7.75 million. To get to that mark, the extra cap space provided by restructuring and releasing will need to be bolstered by a few other cuts. The amount of room those cuts will provide depends on the structure of their contracts (some players are owed a certain amount of money if they are still on the roster on the first day of the new league year, meaning, they would have to be cut before March 13, like Bryant McFadden and Arnaz Battle), but some are owed certain money if they are on the roster a few days after the start of the new league year.

With that, it’s likely Chris Kemoeatu and Will Allen will be released in order to free money up for the restricted free agents.

Part II will deal with some of the specific tactics used in restricted free agency, as well as a potential candidate for a contract extension.

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Peyton not the only QB with owner issues

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Mike Florio looks at news around the NFL, including quarterback-owner controversies involving Peyton Manning and the Colts and Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers and whether Chad Ochocinco will emerge as a Super Bowl hero.

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Kirby Wilson’s Family Issues Statement

Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson remains hospitalized after being severely burned during an early morning fire on Jan. 6 at his home in a Pittsburgh suburb.Wilson’s family issued the follo…

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