Melvin Ingram’s free agent contract with the Steelers included four voidable years to reduce the salary cap hit in 2021, according to a report by Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.
Ingram signed $4 million deal that will have him become a free agent after the 2021 season, but instead of a one-year contract, it’s actually a five-year deal that will automatically void after the 2021 season.
Melvin Ingram one-year, $4 million Steelers deal: $1.075M salary, $2.925M signing bonus; 2022 $1.12M (voidable), 2023 $1.165M (voidable), 2024 $1.21M voidable, 2025 $1.255M (voidable)
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) July 26, 2021
That means that Ingram will have a $1.66 million salary cap hit in 2021 and will count for a $2.34 million dead cap hit in 2022.
The Steelers have also used voidable years to reduce the salary cap hits of Eric Ebron, Joe Haden, Ben Roethlisberger, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Cam Sutton this offseason, after never having used the tactic before.
The change leaves the Steelers with over $12 million in offseason salary cap space and around $3 million in usable space ahead of the 2021 season.