Steelers Interested In Long And Dummervil? Really?

Over the last few days the Pittsburgh Steelers have been reported as having interest in former Denver Broncos defensive end/outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil and current St. Louis Rams tackle Jake Long. While these reports certainly get the Steelers fan base excited, you have to wonder how much water that these reports hold.

Face it, the Steelers are working with very limited cap space right now. In fact, it is probably less than $3 million right now as we are still waiting to see what the real numbers of quarterback Bruce Gradkowski and tight end Matt Spaeth come in it. That\’s not a lot of room for a first year cap hit for either Long or Dumervil.

Long signed a four-year contract worth as much as $36 million. It also includes guarantees of around $20 million, according to the early reports. We don\’t have the breakdown of the base salaries and signing bonus for Long as of yet, but it is hard to imagine that the Steelers could have come anywhere close to a deal like that that would have produced a first year cap hit that they could afford without cutting another player or restructuring another contract.

Dumervil was willing to take a pay cut to stay with the Broncos, but even he would command way too much money for the Steelers to afford. Both he and Long would want a pretty good amount of money at signing, so both of their first year cap hits would have to be more than $3 million.

We hear that teams are interested in players all of the time during this part of free agency. I am willing to bet that agents are behind a lot of this, especially when it comes to the Steelers, who never confirm or deny any media reports when it comes to interest in free agents, generally. Agents know that the Steelers will not rebuttal the reports, so why wouldn\’t they link their client to them? It creates buzz. It creates a good smoke screen for the Steelers in addition.

Former Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw is a different story, however. Why? He is a running back for starters, and one that has health related question marks attached to him. Running backs are usually crapped on in free agency. The asking price for Bradshaw is likely very cheap. In fact, it is likely pretty much near the minimum right now. A one-year deal for him could easily fit in the Steelers current salary cap situation.

Sure, the Steelers will get an additional $5.5 million in cap space come June when the Colon release is official, but until June 2nd gets here, they have to carry his previously scheduled cap number until then.

What am I getting at here? Don\’t read too much into higher profile free agents being linked to the Steelers. Unless more cuts or restructures are on the way, and I don\’t believe that there are, they can\’t afford to sign anyone high profile. It never hurts for the Steelers to call and ask about each any free agent player, because you never know what the situation is with every one of them. If they did indeed call about Long and Dummervil, I imagine that both of those phone calls didn\’t last very long.

  • steeltown

    I’m reading that Spaeth’s contract is 1yr 715K, with no signing bonus… I am not 100% positive on that though

  • Two year deal and the numbers have not been filed yet. I slotted him in at an estimated minimum amount in my numbers pending the “REAL” numbers.

  • steeltown

    Really two year deal? …I was way off ha!

    So what do ‘think’ his average salary will be??

  • steeltown

    OK, just saw the new post

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  • Tom

    There is an older player that remains on the roster…… that is way overpaid, for both his position and recent performance. That player could be released to make cap room, if necessary.

  • Kysteeler

    Breaking News!! The Steelers had interest in Peyton Manning last year…

  • Sven_Hunkstrom

    My guess is the Steelers FO is leaking this, in a hacky attempt to ward off the growing perception of malpractice. Now they can answer critics by saying they tried to land some help but couldn’t quite make it work.

  • JT

    Think this is bad? Some yinzer called in Sirius NFL Radio today and suggested cutting Troy and losing a first round pick to sign away Victor Cruz.

  • JT

    Cutting Troy only saves 7.5 mil. You still have to sign someone else to play SS. There’s no chance in hell a rookie can do it. And who is even worthwhile in FA? If you got anyone halfway decent, you’d save less than 5 mil in the whole deal.

    Not gonna happen.

  • Tom

    Quite the contrary. 7.5 would go a long way. Just how much does a decent safety cost? Seems to me that Adrian Wilson got cut because he made a whopping 2.5 million. As far as a new contract for Dummervill….nice little signing bonus, lowering his first year cap hit. If they wanted to do it…it certainly could be done. The dollars are there. Will they do it? I doubt it.
    I wish they would….I’d rather have Dummervill and a free agent safety than an aging, oft injured Polamalu.

  • JT

    Adrian Wilson was cut because he’s 34 and was due a $1 mil roster bonus this year.

    Troy is your ONLY SS on the roster. Without Troy, you’d absolutely need to bring back Will Allen. He played for 1.6 last year. Wilson signed a 3 year, $5 mil dollar deal with the Patriots. His 2013 cap hit is 1.33, I don’t see Allen coming back for much less, but even if you signed him to a Wilson-level contract that’d still be 2.6+ of your 7.5.

    And how much dead money do you want them carrying next year? You’re already paying Harrison and Colon $6 mil not to be on the team. Troy will only increase that.