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New contract details for Dan McCullers show another low cost deal for Steelers

The interior defensive lineman has agreed to a contract that will play him $2.75 million that includes a signing bonus worth just $250,00o

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When the Pittsburgh Steelers announced they had re-signed defensive lineman Daniel McCullers on Thursday, there were some who questioned the logic of tying up valuable salary cap space in a reserve player so early in free agency. But in light of the contract numbers revealed on Friday, it would appear those concerns were somewhat unfounded.

As per the figures published by Steelers salary cap specialist Ian Whetstone and Houston Chronicle reporter Aaron Wilson, McCullers will earn base salaries of $1 million in 2019 and $1.5 million in 2020. He will also receive a sign bonus worth $250,000 as part of a deal worth a total of $2.75 million.

After displacement, this deal will only have used up $630,000 in salary cap space this season and the relatively small signing bonus offers the defensive lineman few guarantees for the upcoming season, let alone 2020.

2019

  • Base salary - $1 million
  • Prorated signing bonus - $125,000
  • Salary cap charge - $1.125 million

2020

  • Base salary - $1.5 million
  • Prorated signing bonus - $125,000
  • Salary cap hit - $1.625 million

Since joining the Steelers as a sixth-round draft pick in 2014, McCullers has been credited with 33 tackes and 2.5 sacks. And while it would be fair to say the former Tennessee product was rather underwhelming in his early years with the team, he appeared to have made some improvements to his game in 2018.