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Inside the Numbers: Steelers Salary Cap Situation Entering Training Camp

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Mike Tomlin, Kevin Colbert and the rest of the Steelers front office had seven months to assemble their roster for the 2019 season.

New faces that are expected to have an impact are cornerback Steven Nelson, linebacker Mark Barron, linebacker Devin Bush, wide receiver Donte Moncrief, wide receiver Diontae Johnson and cornerback Justin Layne.

One of the things you can always count on is that the team will always spend to the cap and this season is no exception. Entering camp the Steelers 2019 Cap sits at $205,789,669 which is the second highest in the NFL (Cleveland Browns/$212,412,823) and have the least money left to spend ($1,109,251).

Steelers 2019 Cap Spending:
Defense: 39 players,  $94,393,439 spent (45.6% of the cap)
Offense:   39 players,  $91,886,484 spent  (44.4% of the cap)
Special Teams: 5 players, $7,437,332 spent (3.6% of the cap)

Who on the current roster is taking up the most cap space in 2019?

HIGHEST STEELERS CAP HITS

Ben Roethlisberger $26.2m
Cameron Heyward $14.9m
Stephon Tuitt $13.6m
David DeCastro $12m
Joe Haden $11.9m
Bud Dupree $9.2m
Alejandro Villanueva $8.4m
Maurkice Pouncey $8m
Vance McDonald $5.8m
Chris Boswell $4.2m

With so little cap room available, if the Steelers hope to extend any contracts before the end of camp, they’ll need to restructure some current contracts, and the above list is a good place to start. The Steelers won’t work on new contracts during the season, so they have a 4 week window to work on new deals for these players that will be free agents after the 2019 season.

S Sean Davis
OLB Bud Dupree
OT Matt Feiler
OL B.J. Finney
TE Xavier Grimble
CB Joe Haden
DT Javon Hargrave
CB Mike Hilton
LB Tyler Matakevich

Of course, those well-played players on the roster aren’t the only reason the Steelers are close to the cap limit. They’ve also got a ton of money sitting on the sidelines this year in dead cap hits.

2019 DEAD CAP HITS

Antonio Brown $21,120,000
Morgan Burnett $2,833,334
Marcus Gilbert $1,728,500
Jon Bostic $700,000
Brian Allen $115,088

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/18/20

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James Conner tested out his injured ankle and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw passes to JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington and Chase Claypool during practice on Friday, September 18, 2020.

This practice was in preparation for the Steelers week 2 game on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

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Cam Heyward Named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1

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Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward has been named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1.

Heyward was honored for installing his first Little Free Library, a book-sharing box placed in underserved communities around the Pittsburgh area.

Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that “inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.”

The installation of the book-sharing boxes marks the launch of the Rufus and Judy Jordan Literacy Project, a new initiative of the Cameron Heyward Foundation that will work to promote children’s literacy and honor his late grandparents, both of whom were lifelong educators in Pittsburgh.

Drafted in first round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Heyward has spend his entire career in Pittsburgh. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, and has twice received First-Team All-Pro honors.

Heyward and the Steelers agreed to a four-year, $71.4 million contract extension on Sept. 6 that will allow him to retire in Pittsburgh and make him the highest-paid defense player over the age of 30 in NFL history.

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/17/20

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The Steelers finally experienced a practice with almost everyone on the roster able to take the field. Only two players did not take part in practice before their week 2 game against Denver.

Alex Highsmith and Minkah Fitzpatrick stood out from the rest on Thursday, September 17, 2020.

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