Possible Breakdown Of Three Year Contract Signed By Steelers NT Steve McLendon

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported on Thursday that Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon signed a three-year deal with a max value of $7.25 million that included $1.675 million signing bonus that will pay him $5 million in the first two years of the deal.

We do not know the exact breakdown of the contract as of yet, but if the signing bonus number, and the two year take are indeed correct, that could mean McLendon receives a base salary of $1.325 million in 2013, $2 million in 2014 and $2.25 million in 2015.

If the above numbers hold true, the 2013 cap hit for McLendon would be $1,883,333, which would be $560,333 more than his scheduled $1.323 million tender. In 2014, McLendon\’s cap number would be 2,558,333 and in 2015 it would be $2,808,333

The Steelers entered Thursday with $742,760.00 in available cap space and based on the above numbers, if they hold true, they would have $182,426.67 in cap space available to them.

We aren\’t likely to know the real numbers until they are filed with the NFLPA, but as soon as they become available I will update this post if different than mentioned.

  • TheBlitz

    I could be dead wrong, but I’ve always thought that McClendon not playing a lot of snaps last season was a calculated plan. His market value is affordable and he took the very first deal he was offered instead of playing the year out or becoming a back up in Wisconsin. Here he is guaranteed to be a starter and could have a huge payday in 3 years.

  • NW86

    I’ve always thought that too. If he was clearly better than Hampton, of course you have to play the best guy. But if it was close to equal, there is the one school of thinking (employed by many on here) that you have to play the young guy to help him develop and see for sure what you have. But if they had done that and he played well, he would have gotten much more attention this offseason and would be signing a much bigger contract right now, probably elsewhere (or they would have had to spend a 1st round tender on him, and he still wouldn’t be locked up long term).
    If they already knew they had starter material in McClendon, why not play the old guy that’s making a bunch of money, and wait to get the new guy under a new deal before you put him on the field and show the rest of the world what you have?

  • steeltown

    Could be.. but credit Hampton for recovering from injury and playing very admirably last year. He has clearly been one of the best 3-4 NT ever to play the game and he continued to be stout against the run even last season.. but that said, McLendon is younger and quicker off the line and is a threat in the pass rush area, if he can show he’s capable against the run and can require double Teams, then I see good things on the horizon. This guy is in his prime and has very little wear on his tires.

  • steeltown

    I think Coach Mitchell knew.. you could tell in his face and in his words when he talked about McLendon during the (Ta’amu) post draft interview. They didn’t play McLendon much this past season… but Mitchell knew

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  • SteelSpine

    I always wondered why after training camp last year McClendon didn’t get more snaps. Your guess is at-least as good as mine.
    Funny thing about this signing is a coupla months ago a Steeler vet or 2 triggered getting deal from Steelers by visiting another team, I think it was Foster & maybe someone else, I remember writing now McClendon needs to visit another team to trigger Steelers offer, & I’ll be doggonit meeting with GreenBay jarred loose a deal from Steelers. Tho the FO probly worked on the offer before this week it took Mc playing the Packers to shake the Steelers tree to get the fruit to fall.

  • SteelSpine

    Thanks for the avatar change giving luck to re-sign McClendon!

  • steeltown

    Are you being sarcastic?? My avatar this offseason was Keenan Lewis, Ha! Once he left I changed it to McLendon.. then after this week I was starting to think I was bad luck, if he would’ve left I think I would change my avatar to a pic of Goodell, Ha!

    Oh wait, you’re saying my bad luck helped him possibly sign with the Packers and in turn caused the new multi-yr deal…. gotcha haha!

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  • SteelSpine

    I actually didnt remember it was Keenan Lewis so I didn’t know about the bad luck. Good point tho if Mac woulda signed with Pack & if ya brought up used to be Keenan, ouch(!) I could foresee anyone calling it bad-luck. I thought Keenan beforehand was unlikely to return due to Depot & Bouchette predicted lopsided math of worth to teams with money. I wanted McClendon signed to a multi-year & I just recall the avatar change being support for that so I think it’s good luck, & I suggest if looks like might have to cut Cotchery to use his money I hope you change your avatar to Cotchery for good luck to keep Cotch.