Do The Steelers Have Enough Cap Space To Sign A Few More Players Before June?

So now that the Pittsburgh Steelers have decided to match the $2.5 million offer sheet given to restricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders by the New England Patriots, do they have enough cap room to sign more players moving forward?

Thanks to displacement in the Rule of 51, yes, but only within reason being as the team has just $742,760 in salary cap space right now.

Let\’s take free agent offensive lineman Doug Legursky, for example. Should the Steelers sign him to a one-year deal at his minimum amount of $715,000, it would only use up another $235,000 in cap space after displacement in the top 51 salaries.

Would the Steelers be able to afford a player such as free agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw right now? Since Bradshaw is more than likely going to demand a base salary in 2013 of $1 million or greater, it would be very tough unless more cap space was created via a contract termination, restructure or an extension prior to June 2nd. They could realistically only accommodate a first year cap hit on him right now of around $1 million or slightly higher without having to free up additional cap space.

Keep in mind that the Steelers don\’t have to worry about accommodating their draft picks until each is signed as their $405,000 base salaries would have them each outside of the top 51 players under contract as we sit here today.

What about the undrafted free agents that the Steelers will sign immediately following the draft? Their base salaries, like the draft picks, will keep them outside of the rule of 51, so only their signing bonuses need to be accommodated in the cap number. The max a team can spend on bonuses for undrafted players should once again be right around $75,000, so the Steelers have more than enough room to accommodate that.

  • Jason Brant

    If they were to sign Bradshaw, they could pull the unsigned tender to Redman and save his salary too.

  • SteelersDepot

    not happening. that will be signed by 19th.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Not understanding the logic. We need 2 HB for the roster so we drop one to add one. We still need 2.

  • JayBirdDC

    They could pull the restricted tenders that haven’t been signed yet, correct?

  • steeltown

    I think we need Redman.. even with Dwyer, a new draft pick and an undrafted player on roster we’d still need Redman, we usually have 4RB’s on the 53man roster. Ive all but given up on Baron Batch at this point, he excelled at pass blocking, but thats about it.. and he cant stay healthy

    In my opinion, a draft pick, Dwyer, Redman, and an undrafted player (or Bradshaw) would round out the depth chart

  • Bradys_Dad

    They’d be absolutely foolish not to re-sign Doug Legursky. Find me another center with his experience to back up the fantastic but injury prone Pouncey. Lego is incredibly cheap insurance for an O line that will not remain injury free throughout the year.

  • steeltown

    I agree with you, now that it seems that Legursky could be had for relatively cheap, it makes sense…. unless they have plans of letting Beachum play some at C in camp and ultimately using him as swing guy and backup Center, but in reality, I see Legs being signed after June 1st on a one yr minimum

  • Jason Brant

    Bradshaw, Dwyer, and Batch equals three.

    Not saying that will happen, but I have no idea where the ‘we need 2’ comes from.

  • Jason Brant

    Is that the cutoff for signing tenders? Also Dave, can a team cut a tendered player and save their cap space, or is that guaranteed money?

    If that’s the case, it’s looking less and less they’ll sign Bradshaw. Hopefully they can snag a good back in rounds two or three.

  • Bradys_Dad

    This is a no brainer. There will be injuries during the pre-season. There will be some less than stellar efforts made by some of the line too. Lego is loyal and a fine player. Not the biggest, strongest nor the fastest but he plays with heart and the Steelers are sorely missing that as of late.

  • steeltown

    J.Malecki is another candidate to play backup Center, but again Legursky should be pretty damn cheap to bring in to camp.. and considering our depth chart behind the current projected starters consists of Beachum, Cheadle and Malecki… it make sense to sign him

    Wish they’d sign Starks as well.. he’d provide solid depth on the outside

  • I like Bronco too and he does a nice job at center but he makes alot of folks nervous at the guard spot. He and Malecki are really the same guy anyway.

  • David Edward

    Now you’re talking…LT depth scares me because neither Gilbert or Adams really showed me they can be the answer at LT. I think Adams will be ok at RT, but Gilbert still has a lot to prove in order for me to feel comfortable with him protecting the blindside. Even if both do fine, who’s the backup LT? Really need to add vet experience here which is what I think they will do…either Starks or someone else after June 1.

  • steeltown

    Yep.. both Beachum and Foster have shown they can play RT in a pinch, but there is real concern on the Left side, Max would instantly lessen that concern

    Although Beachum played four yrs at LT in college… maybe he can be that guy…?

  • walter mason

    I would keep Redzone Redman over camp phenom Barren Batch.

  • Max is a liability in the run game, particularly a mobile one in which they are looking to focus towards more. They do need to add another lineman or 2 that have feet that can move in open space. I hope they take Cooper if he is there in the first to solidify the interior. Foster could then back up both guard spots as well as RT. Adams was doing pretty well for a Rook at RT before Legursky got destroyed playing Guard and driven back across the back side of the center and onto his ankle. I am with you on Gilbert though and am not sold on him as of yet on either side.

  • steeltown

    I’m thinking Beachum will see a good amount of snaps at LT in camp this year, he played 4yrs at LT in college and he moves well.. of course as you mentioned, we’ll know more after the draft

  • steeltown

    19th is the deadline.. I dont think tenders are guaranteed, but the savings would be very minimal when you take displacement into account

  • Dan

    I wouldn’t worry about Legursky at this point. If we end up with Cooper in the draft then back up center is less of a concern. I think we can wait until June to worry about that.

  • Dan

    Even if Bradshaw’s knee checks out (if I recall there was to be another exam right before the draft), I’d rather see if Dwyer and Redman can be consistent behind a consistent O-line first. I know it’s not a safe assumption to think we’ll have a consistent line for 16 games, but for a while last season the line was clicking…heck even Mendy got 100+ in a game.

  • Lamarr56

    Can Beachem snap? If he can he could become our new “Legs”. He can do everything Legursky can and he is younger and bigger.

  • LucasY59

    The only draft pick that would make me think they wouldn’t need to re-sign Legursky is Barrett Jones

  • Bradys_Dad

    Agreed – the only downside to the new blocking scheme is that there’s no stud to carry the rock.