The Steelers saved some money against their 2021 salary cap in last week’s exchange from David DeCastro to Trai Turner as the team’s starting right guard.
The release of DeCastro on Thursday saved the Steelers $8.75 million, while Turner replaced him on the 51-man offseason roster with just a $3 million salary.
After the move, the Steelers now have approximately $13.134 million in offseason salary cap space, according to Steelers Now analysis and salary data from the NFLPA, OvertheCap.com and other sources.
That figure will fall very slightly when the team signs center Kendrick Green, the last of the team’s unsigned draft picks. The Steelers will also need to add two more players to the rolls this fall, plus sign a 16-man practice squad, figure in any signing bonuses owed to released players and retain enough cap space to operate during the season, which makes their useable amount of cap space at the moment less than $10 million.
The Steelers can save about another $5 million in 2021 salary cap money by reworking the contracts of kicker Chris Boswell and defensive tackle Stephon Tuitt, should they wish to. The team still has depth issues at outside linebacker and cornerback following the offseason losses of Ola Adeniyi, Bud Dupree, Mike Hilton and Steven Nelson.