For the first time in a long time the Pittsburgh Steelers had some salary cap space to work with this offseason, and while they didn’t have the $103 million dollars to spend like the Cleveland Browns, the team wasn’t belly up to the cap ceiling as they had been the past several years.
With their new found financial freedom, the team has signed four players from outside the Steelers organization to help provide depth at key positions. Wide Receiver Justin Hunter from the Buffalo Bills, defensive lineman Tyson Alualu from the Jacksonville Jaguars, running back Knile Davis from the Kansas City Chiefs and cornerback Coty Sensabaugh from the New York Giants.
Sensabaugh was given a two-year contract from the Steelers, and the financial terms of his deal were released today.
Coty Sensabaugh (Steelers) $2.6M, $425K bonus, salaries $775K, $1.4M— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 21, 2017
The Steelers again work their magic when it comes to signing players for very team-friendly contracts. They did this with Ramon Foster, William Gay and Robert Golden before the 2016 NFL season, and Sensabaugh’s contract follows suit.
Notice Sensabaugh will earn just north of $1 million dollars, including his bonus, for the 2017 season, and $1.4 million in 2018. While many fans will shrug this acquisition off, these were probably the fans who also shrugged off the acquisition of Brice McCain, who ended up being the team’s best defensive back in 2014.
Only time will tell if Sensabaugh pans out, but at least the organization isn’t on the hook for a large chunk of change if he doesn’t.