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Alejandro Villanueva joins the movement of restructured contracts to help Steelers’ cap situation

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The Pittsburgh Steelers starting left tackle is doing his part to alleviate the team’s salary cap pressure.

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While most NFL teams are pulling the trigger on potential free agent acquisitions, the Pittsburgh Steelers are just trying to be cap compliant before the new league year begins March 14th at 4:00 p.m. ET.

So far, David DeCastro, Stephon Tuitt and Antonio Brown have all restructured their contracts to help give the team some needed space, and the latest member to help the cause was offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva.

Per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN:

The $4 million savings, combined with the savings of the William Gay release, the team will be very close to being cap compliant by the Wednesday deadline.

This from BTSC’s local cap genius, FlipSteeler:

Alejandro Villanueva restructured his contract Tuesday afternoon freeing up $3.53 million. Villanueva converted his base salary, and his roster bonus, into a signing bonus. The move was necessary for the Steelers to get compliant with the NFL’s mandated deadline Wednesday.

The former Army Ranger’s new re-tooled contract will drop his 2018 base salary to $705,000, while adding $1.765 million to both 2019 and 2020. The rework of the contract puts Pittsburgh under the cap by $2.5 million (Estimated).

The Steelers will have to restructure more contracts or release players if they have any desire to be players on the free agent market, let alone to sign their draft class and other offseason necessities. Who are your candidates to be released or have their contracts restructured?

Clearly, the name which will come to most fans’ minds is Mike Mitchell. After Mitchell, players like J.J. Wilcox and even Vance McDonald could see themselves looking for new employment, or taking less to stay in Pittsburgh.

Either way, the following statistic is telling, but the Steelers are known for their maneuvering around the salary cap on a yearly basis.

This from Mark Kaboly of The Athletic:

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on the team’s salary cap situation, as well as who they are meeting with in preparation to the 2018 NFL Draft and any rumors surrounding players who could be acquired via free agency.