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Martavis Bryant performance-based raise cuts into the Steelers salary cap space

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Martavis Bryant earned some extra cash after 2017, and it is cutting into the Steelers’ salary cap space.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers welcomed Martavis Bryant back to the fold in 2017 after a year suspension in 2016, and although he didn’t set the world on fire he did enough to earn some extra cash.

According to Ian Whetstone, who consults for scout.com, and the NFLPA records, Bryant got a bump in salary based on how much he played last season.

Great news for the Steelers to have Bryant back on the field, but bad news for the Steelers as it will cut into the salary cap space they created when the team released Mike Mitchell, William Gay and Robert Golden.

After this trio of cuts, the Steelers created roughly $7 million dollars in space, but with the $1.202 million dollar pay out to Bryant the team’s cap space has shrunken even more. So, as the team barely got salary cap compliant before the new league year, this news doesn’t help their current situation.

The plain and simple truth here is if the Steelers want to add any players via free agency they will have to make other moves to create more space. Will they cut more players? Continue re-structuring deals? At this point that is anyone’s guess.

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