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The Steelers current salary cap situation heading into the 2017 season

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The Pittsburgh Steelers might appear to be flush with cap space, but is that really the situation?

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Trying to figure out the NFL salary cap is just as tough as figuring out what is considered a catch. When dealing with the offseason, the most important item to consider is the Top 51 rule. Only the top 51 player salaries count against the salary cap. This list only includes players under contract. The Steelers have started offering tenders and signing their exclusive rights free agents (ERFA).  For now, I do list Martavis Bryant, as I believe he will be reinstated.  Here are answers to common questions regarding the cap or just for a refresher. The 11 reserve/future contracts that have been signed do not count towards the cap until the new league year starts on March 9th. For most, the cap hit will likely fall outside of the Top 51 with salaries around $465,000.

While you might be thrilled with the cap number, it is only for 39 players that are under contract. The Steelers still have costly UFA players along with RFA players to sign. Also not included is the draft class of 8 players that will total over $5 million towards the cap.

NFL projected cap number – $168 million

Carryover from 2016 season – $3,269,367

Top 51 (39 under contract) – $127,030,435

Dead money – $2,395,222

Current cap space -- $41,843,710

Player Salary (Guaranteed) Prorated Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Cap number Dead money Cap savings
Ben Roethlisberger $12,000,000 $6,200,000 $0 $0 $18,200,000 $18,600,000 -$400,000
Antonio Brown $4,710,000 $8,908,334 $0 $0 $13,618,334 $8,908,334 $4,710,000
Maurkice Pouncey $7,500,000 $3,551,000 $0 $0 $11,051,000 $8,053,000 $2,998,000
David DeCastro $1,100,000 $3,200,000 $6,750,000 $0 $11,050,000 $12,800,000 -$1,750,000
Cameron Heyward $5,000,000 $2,400,000 $3,000,000 $0 $10,400,000 $7,200,000 $3,200,000
Mike Mitchell $5,000,000 $3,135,416 $0 $0 $8,135,416 $6,270,834 $1,864,582
Marcus Gilbert $4,000,000 $3,258,500 $0 $50,000 $7,308,500 $8,245,500 -$937,000
Ladarius Green $5,000,000 $1,187,500 $0 $0 $6,187,500 $3,562,500 $2,625,000
Ramon Foster $2,675,000 $916,666 $0 $0 $3,591,666 $1,833,334 $1,758,332
Ryan Shazier $1,716,438
($1,716,438)
$1,308,582 $0 $0 $3,025,020 $3,025,020 $0
Arthur Moats $2,250,000 $633,334 $0 $0 $2,883,334 $633,334 $2,250,000
William Gay $2,000,000 $633,333 $0 $0 $2,633,333 $1,266,667 $1,366,666
Bud Dupree $1,273,390
($1,273,390)
$1,241,779 $0 $0 $2,515,169 $4,859,948 -$2,344,779
Vince Williams $2,000,000 $500,000 $0 $0 $2,500,000 $1,000,000 $1,500,000
Ryan Harris $1,900,000 $337,500 $0 $0 $2,237,500 $337,500 $1,900,000
Artie Burns $885,954
($885,954)
$1,293,815 $0 $0 $2,179,769 $6,089,307 -$3,909,538
Justin Gilbert $970,023
($2,170,023)
$0 $1,200,000 $0 $2,170,023 $2,170,023 $0
Robert Golden $1,465,000 $416,666 $0 $0 $1,881,666 $833,334 $1,048,332
Stephon Tuitt $1,048,560 $418,081 $0 $0 $1,466,641 $418,081 $1,048,560
Darrius Heyward-Bey $1,200,000 $133,333 $0 $0 $1,333,333 $266,667 $1,066,666
Senquez Golson $798,732 $292,462 $0 $0 $1,091,194 $584,924 $506,270
Sean Davis $635,771
($508,617)
$293,085 $0 $0 $928,856 $1,387,872 -$459,016
Martavis Bryant $690,000 $109,805 $0 $0 $799,805 $109,805 $690,000
Sammie Coates $615,000 $157,879 $0 $0 $772,879 $315,758 $457,121
Javon Hargrave $560,000 $173,314 $0 $0 $733,314 $519,942 $213,372
Daniel McCullers $690,000 $19,670 $0 $0 $709,670 $19,670 $690,000
Zach Mettenberger $690,000 $0 $0 $0 $690,000 $0 $690,000
Jesse James $615,000 $52,228 $0 $0 $667,228 $104,456 $562,772
Leterrius Walton $615,000 $29,232 $0 $0 $644,232 $58,464 $585,768
Jordan Berry $615,000 $0 $0 $0 $615,000 $0 $615,000
Roosevelt Nix $615,000 $0 $0 $0 $615,000 $0 $615,000
Jerald Hawkins $465,000 $132,622 $0 $0 $597,622 $397,866 $199,756
Tyler Matakevich $540,000 $15,763 $0 $0 $555,763 $47,289 $508,474
Eli Rogers $540,000 $1,668 $0 $0 $541,668 $1,668 $540,000
Canaan Severin $540,000 $0 $0 $0 $540,000 $0 $540,000
DeMarcus Ayers $540,000 $0 $0 $0 $540,000 $0 $540,000
Cobi Hamilton $540,000 $0 $0 $0 $540,000 $0 $540,000
Al-Hajj Shabazz $540,000 $0 $0 $0 $540,000 $0 $540,000
Johnny Maxey $540,000 $0 $0 $0 $540,000 $0 $540,000

Player Dead Money
Shaun Suisham 2,206,000
Travis Feeney 75,267
Demarcus Ayers 59,739
Jordan Zumwalt 26,213
Tyric McCord 4,667
Quinton Schooley 2,667
Jay Rome 1,334