The Pittsburgh Steelers are a cap strapped football team. After signing Steven Nelson, Mark Barron and Donte Moncrief this offseason, not to mention the dead cap hit by Antonio Brown leaving, the Steelers had just enough money left to sign their 9-player rookie draft class.
There are moves still to be made, and most of those would come to players looking for a new contract with the team.
Mike Hilton, Sean Davis and Javon Hargrave all wouldn’t mind getting a new deal with the black-and-gold, and while they might, Joe Haden might just be in the front of the line when it comes to getting a new deal with the organization.
As players rolled into Saint Vincent College Thursday, Haden met briefly with a gathering of media members, and was asked about a potential contract extension. Haden has one year left on his current contract, and he said the two parties are talking.
This per Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Joe Haden and the Steelers are talking about an extension, he said. “I’m optimistic. We’re communicating, so that’s a good thing.” Drew Rosenhaus is handling the negotiations.— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) July 25, 2019
Haden, who is represented by Drew Rosehaus, is optimistic the two parties can agree on terms keeping him in Pittsburgh for what might be his final contract of his NFL career.
The one factor to keep in mind here is how a new contract for Haden, who is due to receive $11,916,668 in 2019, could make his cap hit this year a lot less. This would create more cap space for the team if they wanted to sign someone else, like Hilton, or even go out and try and make way for someone outside the organization in some way, shape or form.
Either way, the fact the two sides are talking is a positive for the Steelers as they hope to keep their secondary in tact with Haden and Steven Nelson for years to come.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as they kick off 2019 Training Camp!