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Maurkice Pouncey's contract restructure saves Steelers $3.8 million in salary cap space

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Count Maurkice Pouncey as the next Pittsburgh Steelers player to restructure his current contract to free up much needed salary cap space with free agency underway.

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Despite a lack of movement after the first day of NFL Free Agency passed, the Pittsburgh Steelers are still working on freeing up valuable salary cap space to sign players both in house, and potential free agent acquisitions.

The latest player to restructure his current contract to help the Steelers' salary cap cause was center Maurkice Pouncey. Per Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pouncey's restructure saves the Steelers roughly $3.8 million dollars in 2015. Also, according to the NFLPA, the move keeps the Steelers about $7.5 million dollars under the salary cap.

The Steelers have deals to make, and freeing up more cap space certainly doesn't hurt. With players like Brice McCain, and James Harrison being sought after by other NFL franchises, the Steelers have some decisions to make. On top of their own free agents, the list of players the Steelers can afford with such little space is certainly limited. Lingering underneath all of these scenarios is the fact QB Ben Roethlisberger is still awaiting his next contract extension.

For fans who hate the restructuring game the Steelers seemingly play year after year, it has become common place in today's NFL and is par for the course among competitive teams across the NFL landscape.