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MyCole Pruitt Contract Details, Steelers Salary Cap Update



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The Pittsburgh Steelers get ready to run out of the tunnel at Acrisure Stadium against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 30, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

The contract details for new Pittsburgh Steelers tight end MyCole Pruitt have been revealed, and the team’s salary cap situation can now be updated.

Pruitt signed with the Steelers on a one-year contract with no guaranteed money, using the veteran cap benefit rule to slightly reduce his overall cap hit. The Steelers will pay Pruitt $1.21 million in salary and he can earn a $50,000 roster bonus for a total contract value of $1.26 million. Because of the veteran benefit rule, Pruitt will only count for $1.035 million against the Steelers’ 2024 salary cap.

With Pruitt’s addition to the top 51 contracts and displacement, the Steelers have about $12.1 million in 2024 offseason salary cap space, according to Steelers Now‘s estimate. That’s down from $12.2 million in our last estimate.

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. They may also need to make room for a contract extension for tight end Pat Freiermuth.

The Steelers once again will have some work to do to get salary cap compliant before the start of the season after this week’s moves. They are functionally about $7.5 million over their salary cap. The Steelers 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.) -$7,445,692 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 $2,340,192 Alex Highsmith $13,933,000
Steelers 2024 salary cap (est.) $257,740,192 Larry Ogunjobi $13,283,333
James Daniels $11,166,668
Top 51 salaries $257,740,192 Isaac Seumalo $10,191,666
Dead cap hits $24,402,178* Cole Holcomb $7,640,000
Patrick Queen $6,113,333
Offseason cap space (est.) $12,095,444 Donte Jackson $6,000,000
Nate Herbig $5,460,000
Draft pool $2,663,936 Chris Boswell $4,720,000
End of rule of 51 $1,970,000 Elandon Roberts $4,667,500
Practice squad (est.) $4,000,000 Najee Harris $4,151,460
In-season buffer/inj. reserve (est.) $10,000,00 Damontae Kazee $3,875,000
Workout bonuses (placeholder) $907,200 Broderick Jones $3,778,719
Dan Moore Jr. $3,540,475
Justin Fields $3,233,448
Miles Killebrew $2,255,000
DeShon Elliott $2,250,000
Cordarelle Patterson $2,250,000
Joey Porter Jr. $2,185,988
Montravius Adams $2,125,000
Cameron Johnston $2,083,333
Pat Freiermuth $1,918,057
Dean Lowry $1,875,000
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
Van Jefferson $1,152,500
Kyle Allen $1,152,500
Quez Watkins $1,152,500
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
MyCole Pruitt $1,035,000
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

*Dead cap hits currently account for the prorated portion of the Cory Trice Jr.’s signing bonus while he is not among the top 51 contracts.

Salary figures from Steelers Now sources, the NFLPA, and