The Pittsburgh Steelers have restructured the contract of defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt, giving the team some salary cap flexibility as it enters the 2019 season.
Tuitt will have his $5.195 million of his $6 million base salary for this season converted into to a signing bonus and spread over the rest of his contract, according to a report by Field Yates of ESPN.
Source: the Steelers have converted $5.195M of DL Stephon Tuitt’s $6M base salary into a signing bonus, creating $3.9M in cap space for 2019. Some needed breathing room for Pittsburgh.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) July 30, 2019
Tuitt, 26, originally signed his five-year, $60 million contract before the 2017 season. He and the team have already restructured it once, in February 2018. He earned a $3 million roster bonus this March.
Restructuring a contract does not change its value, but it does provide more upfront money for the player. The Steelers still owe Tuitt $36 million, according to Spotrac.
The move will save the Steelers approximately $3.9 million under the salary cap this season, giving them space to make minor additions as training camp moves on, or potentially lock up a player that is on an expiring contract to an extension.