The salary cap savings just keep on coming for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
This time, by restructuring the contract of center Maurkice Pouncey, according to a report by Brooke Pryor of ESPN.
Steelers keep it rolling with the restructures. This time, it’s C Maurkice Pouncey, per source.
Pouncey was due a $5M base salary, $3M roster bonus and $3M pro-rated bonus this year.
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) March 19, 2020
Pouncey was set to carry an $11 million cap hit this season, but by restructuring his deal, the team could potentially create an additional $3.475 million in salary cap space for 2020.
It was important for Pittsburgh complete this restructure now, with Pouncey’s $3 million signing bonus due on March 22.
Pouncey has spent his entire career with the Steelers, earning eight Pro Bowl selections and first-team All-Pro honors twice over his ten seasons.
He marks the sixth Steelers player to have their contract restructured over the last few days, along with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, tight end Vance McDonald, corners Steven Nelson and Joe Haden and kicker Chris Boswell.
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/18/20
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.
Cam Heyward Named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1
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.
Congrats to @camheyward on being named Week 1 #CommunityMVP for installing his first Little Free Library. The book-sharing boxes provide 24-7 access to literacy for underserved Pittsburgh communities while honoring the legacy in education of his late grandfather. pic.twitter.com/uKwbnz28A1— NFLPA (@NFLPA) September 18, 2020
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.
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/17/20
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.