The Pittsburgh Steelers were able to retain the likes of Robert Golden, William Gay and Darrius Heyward-Bey before they became Unrestricted Free Agents by having only one player surpass the $2 million dollars a year mark on their new contracts.
The team eventually gave Ramon Foster a 3-year deal of his own, but how does his contract shape up to the rest of the players who were recently signed? To be honest, there is a striking comparison to all these contracts. Decent signing bonus with an even distribution of lower salaries spread throughout the 3 years.
For Foster, he might have been able to get more money on the open market, but the thought of playing for a quarterback like Ben Roethlisberger, and a realistic chance to win a Super Bowl in the coming years, was too much. Foster told the media he didn't want to "chase the check," and he did that to the lovely tune of a hometown discount.
Check out the cap-friendly details below:
Ramon Foster's new three-year deal with Pittsburgh: $2.75 M signing bonus with base salaries of $1.5 M, $2.675 M, $2.675 M— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 10, 2016