With the start of the new league year less than two weeks away, the Pittsburgh Steelers finally know what the salary cap will be in 2019 after the NFL confirmed a figure of $188.2 million to teams on Friday. This number represents an $11 million increase over 2018 and is the sixth year in a row the cap has increased by $10 million or more.
Officially, the salary cap for 2019 is $188.2M.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 1, 2019
As per OverTheCap, the Steelers are now projected to be $16,329,956 under the cap and will be relatively short on funds to work with this offseason compared to the rest of the league. Only seven teams are currently projected to have less cap space.
The revelation of a new cap number was also accompanied by a confirmation of the franchise and transition tag amounts for 2019, as well as cost of each restricted free agent tender. And while the Steelers are not expected to use either tag this year, the tender amounts are significant for RFA’s B.J. Finney and Xavier Grimble.
And here are the RFA tenders, as sent to teams today ... pic.twitter.com/BDfoLXey7K— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 1, 2019
As @RapSheet said, the salary cap for 2019 has been set at $188.2 million. Via a league memo, here are the official franchise and transition tag numbers sent to teams today ... pic.twitter.com/vBAozKu7OY— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 1, 2019
An expected contract extension for Ben Roethlisberger and a trade of Antonio Brown should create some additional salary cap space, as would the possible release of Morgan Burnett. Fans should also expected the league to announce an adjustment to the Steelers cap position in the comings days to reflect any outstanding charges or credits from 2018.