Could Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman be in line for a contract extension during training camp? According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Redman\’s agent, Sean Stellato, is not so sure it will happen.
“I wouldn\’t be surprised if that doesn\’t occur,” Stellato, said, via the Bouchette report. “He\’s happy to be there and he\’s looking forward to the season.”
Redman, who originally signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent back in 2009, showed up for the Steelers offseason program noticeably trimmer than he was last season, thanks in part to him working with a speed trainer earlier in the offseason. When interviewed during the OTAs, Redman said that he knew 2013 was a contract year for him and that how he plays this year will dictate whether or not he will be in the league in 2014. There was no indication at that time; however, that a contract extension was even a possibility.
Redman was a restricted free agent this past offseason, and like fellow running back Jonathan Dwyer, he was tendered a one-year, $1.323 million contract. Now that the Steelers have their future feature running back in Le\’Veon Bell, who they drafted this past April in the second-round, Redman and Dwyer could very well be battling it out in training camp in a sort of “loser leaves town” type of match.
Should the Steelers wind up extending Redman between now and the start of the regular season, it could be a clear sign that Dwyer has lost the match. An extension for Redman, if indeed one gets done, could possibly lower his 2013 cap number some, which would in turn free up a few cap dollars for another extension or two.
We will definitely have to wait and see how all of this plays out, but being as the Steelers normally like to get extensions done while they\’re at Latrobe, we might not have long to wait.