NFLPA has the #Steelers with $3,469,434 in cap space. That's about 500K more than my number.— TheSteelersFans (@TheSteelersFans) March 15, 2014
The NFLPA reports the Steelers are around $3.4 million under.
That's not a ton of cap room, relatively speaking, but enough to make another low-dollar signing. Free agent DE Alex Carrington reportedly had a good meeting with the club Friday, and it didn't appear, based on reports, either side was done talking.
The Steelers don't need to, but there are still moves they can make to free up some more cap space, should they choose to continue their current route of adding players, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. An extension for Jason Worilds could save a few million on the cap, assuming he signs something of a $11-12 million guaranteed deal over four seasons. That number is arbitrary, and without the presence of a market for 3-4 outside linebackers among this year's free agency class (most were re-signed or tagged), it's tough to get a clear sense of what he would have been worth outside Pittsburgh. His former teammate, LaMarr Woodley, will play defensive end in Oakland, as will DeMarcus Ware in Denver. Ware got $16 million guaranteed over a three-year deal.
Restructuring a deal with linebacker Lawrence Timmons isn't off the table, either. He has three years remaining on his deal with cap numbers between $11 and $12 million over those three years. With cap increases coming, as well as the likelihood of a more cap-friendly deal for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, giving Timmons a bonus as he transitions into becoming the highest paid defensive player on the team (which he will be as soon as Woodley's contract comes off the books June 1) wouldn't be a terrible idea.
Jerricho Cotchery is still in free agency - a player the Steelers reportedly wanted back this season.