The Pittsburgh Steelers have been making a living signing free agents to team-friendly contracts this offseason. Whether it was the home town discounts of Ramon Foster and William Gay, or the cap friendly deals with Ladarius Green and Ryan Harris, the team is doing the best they can with the limited salary cap space they have available to them.
After they signed former San Diego Chargers DE Ricardo Mathews to a one-year deal, you can chalk his new contract up with the others in terms of being a very friendly deal for the Steelers organization.
DL Ricardo Mathews' one-year deal with Pittsburgh has no guaranteed money, $760,000 base salary, per ESPN roster mgmt system— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) April 5, 2016
The fact Mathews signed a deal with no guaranteed money is an amazing feat in today's NFL. Mathews clearly is a player who will have to earn his spot on the team's 53-man roster, and if he doesn't, the team owes him nothing if they decide to cut ties with him.
Many fans were disgusted by Mathews statistics, or lack thereof, after his tenure with the Chargers, but with the details of his contract being released, the decision to bring Mathews into the fold is a very low risk move by the Steelers.
Hopefully for the Steelers, and Mathews, he will be able to help bolster the defensive line behind Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt, as well as help fill the void left by Steve McLendon leaving in free agency.