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New contract details for Ramon Foster show a relatively team-friendly deal for Steelers

The veteran guard has agreed to a deal that will only cost the Steelers $2.675 million against the cap in 2019

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With the Pittsburgh Steelers splashing the cash on Tuesday to sign cornerback Steven Nelson and retain linebacker Anthony Chickillo, it is probably reassuring to hear that the extension given to Ramon Foster appears to be a relatively team-friendly deal.

Once again, Steelers salary cap expert Ian Whetstone was the first with the figures, revealing a contract worth $8.25 million that included a signing bonus worth $3.15 million.

With a base salary of just $1.1 million in 2019, Foster will only cost $2.675 million against the cap this season with a prorated signing bonus of $1.575 million, and will cost $5.575 million against the cap in 2020 thanks to a base salary of $4 million.

Despite his age, it is hard to believe that Foster could not have found a team willing to pay him at least a little bit more than the Steelers offered on the open market, but it would appear that Foster’s desire to remain in Pittsburgh trumped his desire to test free agency for the first time in his career.

Given the terms of his contract, it is not out of the question that Foster could be faced with his release next year if the Steelers opt to go with B.J. Finney as the starter. With Finney an unrestricted free agent in 2020, the $4 million in salary cap savings that cutting Foster would provide might be too tempting to pass up if they need to find funds to re-sign the younger option.