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How Much Salary Cap Space Did Steelers Create by Cutting Okorafor, Trubisky?

Omar Khan has some work to do, as the Pittsburgh Steelers need to trim over $30 million from their 2024 payroll to get under the salary cap.



Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Omar Khan Salary Cap

The Pittsburgh Steelers trimmed about $10 million from their 2024 salary cap rolls after cutting quarterback Mitch Trubisky, tackle Chukwuma Okorafor and punter Pressley Harvin III on Monday.

Okorafor was the big move, opening up $8.75 million in cap space, while Trubisky’s release saved the team about $2.9 million. Harvin, who was still on his rookie contract, did not contribute much cap savings in his release. After roster displacement, the Steelers are are still about $5.4 million over the salary cap heading into free agency, so they still have work to do to get salary cap compliant.

In addition to their current offseason deficiency, the Steelers will need to clear up nearly another $20 million between March and the start of the season in order to sign their rookie class, a practice squad, account for players on injured reserve and other moves that must happen before the start of the season. All told, the Steelers are still functionally about $24.4 million over the cap after Monday’s moves.

The good news is that there are still more obvious moves the Steelers can make to free up some cap space. It seems likely that veterans Allen Robinson II ($11.9 million) and Patrick Peterson ($9.8 million) will either not return or will do so at reduced salary. The team can either extend or add void years to reduce the cap hit of defensive tackle Cam Heyward by almost $10 million (just don’t ask him to take a pay cut), and outside linebacker Alex Highsmith could save over $7 million with a traditional contract restructure.

With just a handful of moves, Khan and Marcoux can clear another $40 million in salary cap space, get the team under the cap, and make room to start signing free agents when that period opens in March.


Functional 2024 cap space (est.) -$24,360,982 T.J. Watt $30,418,694
Cam Heyward $22,406,250
Estimated 2024 NFL salary cap $242,500,000 Minkah Fitzpatrick $21,355,000
Steelers 2023 salary cap rollover $2,340,191 Diontae Johnson $15,833,334
Steelers 2024 salary cap (est.) $244,840,191 Alex Highsmith $13,933,000
Larry Ogunjobi $13,283,333
Top 51 salaries $259,700,564 Allen Robinson II $11,917,500
Dead cap hits $8,017,965 James Daniels $11,166,668
Isaac Seumalo $10,191,666
Offseason cap space (est.) -$5,418,155 Patrick Peterson $9,775,000
Cole Holcomb $7,640,000
Draft pool $3,112,827 Mason Cole $6,271,668
End of rule of 51 $1,830,000 Nate Herbig $5,460,000
Practice squad (est.) $4,000,000 Chris Boswell $4,720,000
In-season buffer/injured reserve (est.) $10,000,00 Elandon Roberts $4,667,500
Najee Harris $4,151,460
Damontae Kazee $3,875,000
Kenny Pickett $3,836,701
Broderick Jones $3,778,719
Keanu Neal $2,710,000
Joey Porter Jr. $2,185,988
Pat Freiermuth $1,918,057
George Pickens $1,841,506
Keeanu Benton $1,666,619
DeMarvin Leal $1,414,608
Dan Moore Jr. $1,229,475
Darnell Washington $1,216,798
Isaiahh Loudermilk $1,135,072
Calvin Austin III $1,111,084
Nick Herbig $1,083,231
Denzel Mims $1,055,000
Connor Heyward $1,023,806
Mark Robinson $1,013,089
Jaylen Warren $989,000
Jonathan Marshall $985,000
Kyron Johnson $985,000
Luq Barcoo $985,000
Dez Fitzpatrick $985,000
Marquez Callaway $985,000
Thomas Graham Jr. $985,000
Josiah Scott $985,000
Spencer Anderson $934,446
Devery Hamilton $915,000
Jalen Elliott $915,000
Trenton Thompson $915,000
Darius Rush $915,000
Rodney Williams II $915,000
Ryan McCollum $915,000
Kalon Barnes $915,000
Nate Meadors $915,000
Cory Trice $816,109

Salary figures from Steelers Now sources, the NFLPA, and