The Pittsburgh Steelers have been going on a mini shopping spree by re-signing several of their own free agents to prevent them from hitting the open market when free agency begins on March 9th at 4 p.m. EDT. Robert Golden, William Gay, Darrius Heyward-Bey and now Ramon Foster have all received brand new three-year contracts to keep them in the Steel City for the foreseeable future. However, when their contracts were announced, the financial aspect of the contracts weren't released -- until now.
News of the financial details of these deals is starting to come to light, and Gay and Heyward-Bey's contracts are a very nice hometown discount.
William Gay three-year, Steelers deal: $7.5 million, $1.9M signing bonus, salaries $1.85M, $2M, $1.75M— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 9, 2016
Darrius Heyward-Bey Steelers deal: three years, $3.8 million, $400,000 signing bonus, salaries $1M, $1.2M, $1.2M— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 9, 2016
The fact these players are going to be remaining on the team for the next three seasons, and are doing so with the highest salary cap spike being a meager $2 million dollars, in William Gay's second year of his contract, is borderline absurd. Gay played nearly every defensive snap in 2015, and could have possibly gotten more money had he hit the open market.
Both of these players have played elsewhere in their careers, and they know a good thing when they see it. Not to mention a very realistic chance at winning a 7th Lombardi trophy, or more, in the coming years.