Cost Of Cutting Alameda Ta\’amu

I have received a few emails and tweets today wondering what the cost of cutting rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta\’amu is following his early Sunday morning arrest by Pittsburgh police.

Ta\’amu signed a four year, $2,565,312 contract after being drafted in the fourth round by the Steelers and that deal included a a $433,312 signing bonus.

The base salary for Ta\’amu in 2012 is $390,000 and he has received 6 weeks of that. Cap wise in 2012 he counts $498,328, should he stick the whole season, which is his base salary plus is amortized signing bonus.

Should the Steelers release him next week, the $108,328 amortized portion would stick this year against the cap and the remaining unamortized amount of $324,984 would hit as dead money in 2013.

As you can see by the amounts, the Steelers are not married to Ta\’amu from a cap standpoint as the figures and cap hits are very manageable. The decision whether or not to release the rookie will come down to what they think of him moving forward and what they think of what he did Sunday morning.

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills

    Flush this turd!

  • Mike.H

    best post ever! to the point!

  • Brendon Glad

    Devastating draft so far. Much bad luck invloved, but devastating nonetheless. Can someone re-update the practice squad? Or link me? I’m curious if Bryant (FL) and Victorian (DB) are on it mainly, but would love to see the whole list

  • Brendon Glad

    Bryant (dl) correction

  • Joe Stitt

    Victorian yes. Bryant no.

    G Ryan Lee
    WR Toney Clemons
    WR David Gilreath
    OL John Malecki
    TE Jamie McCoy
    LB Marshall McFadden
    S Damon Cromartie-Smith
    CB Josh Victorian

  • SteelerDave

    Ta’amu is a kid who made many bad choices in one evening of partying and obviously still has some growing up to be done. If you have never been 21 or 22 and had some wild and crazy (albeit stupid) times then you may not understand my defense of him.

    Personally speaking I partied like all get out back in the day but matured into the man I am now. My hope for Ta’amu is that this incident will be the turning point for him and that he will decide within himself that he needs to be a man and not a boy.

    Ta’amu has a world of talent and potential. He must simply grow the heck up, be a man, dedicate himself to nothing but football and the future is his. If he wishes to remain young and dumb then he is wasting what could be a great career.

  • SteelerDave

    I also will add that Ta’amu is Samoan and in my experiences with Samoans they are exceptional people with values that indeed mean very much to them. I’ve never met a Samoan whom I would not be proud to call my friend.

    Ta’amu right now is likely very ashamed of himself and for the dumb actions he did. It is up to him now to do the right thing and make amends, and go to whatever lengths he must in order to make amends to people. If anyone can man-up and do what is now needed a Samoan absolutely can do.

  • Jim Carlin

    Ta’amu is both a personal problem and a systemic problem with athletes. He has a substance abuse problem – that is clear from college and his experience here. But it is also an indictment of the preferential treatment athletes receive in their schools and communities. Too often authorities look the other way when a young athlete does the wrong thing. It might be from a sense of compassion, or it might be fans who don’t want their star players off the roster.

    They get a sense of entitlement when they are protected and their messes cleaned up for them.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I am not for cutting him….yet. He made a mistake….a bad mistake. Let’s see how he handles it. Character is made from mistakes.

  • Brendon Glad


  • Brendon Glad

    Partying is one thing. Attempting to run over 3 officers is quite another. I don’t know u, but I’m guessing on your most out of control night, you didn’t do that. I’ve partied more than that kid will ever dream of partying, and don’t even have great morals, good but not great. And I’d never even consider trying to kill people to avoid a dui. He needs way more attention than the Steelers should bother themselves with

  • Brendon Glad

    I’d be shocked if Troy p hasn’t already gone out of his way to mentor the kid. Wouldn’t you? Ans he attempted (allegedly, but I’m gonna lean toward the 3 officers) to KILL 3 officers on foot to avoid a dui. This is not a drunken bJ in a bathroom that no one else saw that became disputed. Significantly more serious, Samoan or not. I like 500 out of the 502 or so black people that I’ve actually gotten to know decently well. But there have been a couple complete scumbags thrown in there. Someone may love those 2, but I certainly saw enough to hope the Steelers never employed them

  • Brendon Glad

    “Them” being the 2. NOT the race..bad pronoun usage NOT GOOD when posting about an issue like race 🙂

  • You could make all of these arguments if he had a DUI, or got in a fight, or any number of infractions. The guy drove around hitting cars and almost running over police officers and others. That is more than a bad evening of partying. These are extremely serious mistakes. You act like everyone when they were young has a wild night where they commit several felonies. Very few people do this.

  • SteelerDave

    I would wager Troy already knew Ta’amu before even the kids college days as Troy spends a lot time at home working with youth football programs.

    Yes, race and background do not truly matter but my point here is a culture in Samoa which is quite different and goes well beyond race.

    The Samoans whom I still play competitive sports with in an adult league not only blame themselves when they err, but feel like they have shamed their families and their entire little island. There is always a bad apple within any group of people but I for one have immense confidence that this incident will actually help Ta’amu to become a real man.

  • jimsitalian

    Dumb and young!! People give him a second chance! Wouldn’t u want one?