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Contract Details Revealed for New Steelers Safety DeShon Elliott

New Pittsburgh Steelers safety DeShon Elliott signed for just $1.5 million guaranteed and will have a reasonable 2024 salary cap hit.



Pittsburgh Steelers FS DeShon Elliott
Deshon Elliott speaks at a press conference about his contract signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, Friday, March 15, 2024 in Pittsburgh, PA. (Abigail Dean / Pittsburgh Steelers)

The contract details have been revealed for new Pittsburgh Steelers safety DeShon Elliott.

According to the NFLPA, Elliott’s two-year, $6 million deal includes only $1.5 million in guaranteed money, in the form of a signing bonus paid to him this year. He will have a $1.5 million base salary in 2024, and a $3 million base salary in 2025.

That will make Elliott’s cap hit for the 2024 season $2.25 million, slightly less than we estimated in our last salary cap update.

With Elliott’s salary now known, we can make a minor update to the team’s current salary cap situation. The Steelers have approximately $14.3 million in offseason salary cap space. 

That comes with the caveat that we still haven’t seen the contract details for new contract of wide receiver Van Jefferson. He is not included in this update.

That total number can still be misleading. Before the start of the 2024 regular season, they will need to pay workout bonuses, sign their rookie class, account for the 52nd and 53rd players on the roster, sign a practice squad, account for players on the injured reserve and leave space for in-season acquisitions.

The Steelers once again will have some work to do to get salary cap complaint before the start of the season after this weekend’s moves. They are functionally $4.5 million over their own in-season salary cap.

The Steelers also have several avenues of achieving further savings, as the team can cut, restructure, or extend the contract of several veteran players, including Cam Heyward, Larry Ogunjobi, Minkah Fitzpatrick and Alex Highsmith.


Functional cap space (est.) -$4,526,530 T.J. Watt $30,418,694
Cam Heyward $22,406,250
Estimated 2024 NFL salary cap $255,400,000 Minkah Fitzpatrick $21,355,000
Steelers 2023 salary cap rollover $2,340,191 Alex Highsmith $13,933,000
Steelers 2024 salary cap (est.) $257,740,191 Larry Ogunjobi $13,283,333
James Daniels $11,166,668
Top 51 salaries $218,134,516 Isaac Seumalo $10,191,666
Dead cap hits $24,381,069 Cole Holcomb $7,640,000
Patrick Queen $6,113,333
Offseason cap space (est.) $14,317,406 Donte Jackson $6,000,000
Nate Herbig $5,460,000
Draft pool $3,013,936 Chris Boswell $4,720,000
End of rule of 51 $1,830,000 Elandon Roberts $4,667,500
Practice squad (est.) $4,000,000 Najee Harris $4,151,460
In-season buffer/IR (est.) $10,000,00 Damontae Kazee $3,875,000
Workout bonuses (placeholder) $907,200 Broderick Jones $3,778,719
Dan Moore Jr. $3,235,000
Potential cap savings: Justin Fields $3,233,448
Cam Heyward 2-yr ext/void $9,860,000 DeShon Elliott $2,250,000
Cam Heyward 3-yr ext/void $11,092,500 Miles Killebrew $2,255,000
T.J. Watt full restructure $9,965,000 Joey Porter Jr. $2,185,988
Minkah Fitzpatrick restructure $8,860,000 Montravius Adams $2,125,000
Alex Highsmith restructure $6,405,333 Cameron Johnston $2,083,333
Pat Freiermuth $1,918,057
George Pickens $1,841,506
Keeanu Benton $1,666,619
DeMarvin Leal $1,414,608
Darnell Washington $1,216,798
Russell Wilson $1,210,000
Christian Kuntz $1,163,333
Isaiahh Loudermilk $1,135,072
Calvin Austin III $1,111,084
Nick Herbig $1,083,231
Breiden Fehoko $1,055,000
Denzel Mims $1,055,000
Connor Heyward $1,023,806
Mark Robinson $1,013,089
Jaylen Warren $989,000
Luq Barcoo $985,000
Marquez Callaway $985,000
Dez Fitzpatrick $985,000
Thomas Graham Jr. $985,000
Kyron Johnson $985,000
Jonathan Marshall $985,000
Josiah Scott $985,000
Spencer Anderson $934,446
Kalon Barnes $915,000
Dylan Cook $915,000
Jalen Elliott $915,000
Devery Hamilton $915,000
Ryan McCollum $915,000

Salary figures from Steelers Now sources, the NFLPA, and