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Steelers Will More Than Likely Have To Restructure Levi Brown’s Contract Right Now


If all goes well with his physical, tackle Levi Brown will be a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers later on today and the team will need to accommodate his $3.63 million cap charge being as they only had a little more than $1.858 million in cap space to work with to start the day.

Early reports are indicating that there were no other players involved in the deal. However, if running back Isaac Redman were to wind up being part of it, that would only clear a little less than $1 million in cap space as he has already been on the roster for four weeks.

Being as Brown currently has no guaranteed money that has to be accounted for through 2016, the Steelers could possibly turn $2.63 million of his base salary into a signing bonus and that would lower his cap charge down to $1.6575 million. In doing so, they would be kicking $1,972,500 in potential dead money down the road to future years.

Safety Troy Polamalu and cornerback Ike Taylor are both under contract for 2014, so they could also be restructure candidates at some point, but by doing so, both will almost certainly have to be on the roster next season.

The Steelers could also give one year extensions to either safety Ryan Clark and defensive end Brett Keisel in order to free up a little more cap space, but based on their ages and the little amount that would save, that wouldn’t be advisable.

When the dust clears, I think you will see Brown’s contract restructured and perhaps a player or two released.

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  • Bilgewater D

    3.63 million. Still think we couldn’t have swung a deal for Monroe?

  • Jason

    I wouldn’t mind extending Keisel one more year but please not Clark.

  • SteelersDepot

    Why rent a player for one year as his contract expires after 2013.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    They will restructure this year’s contract. I hate the idea of borrowing more from future years to subsidize this year’s team.

  • 1stepforward

    Uh-oh. The Steelers are committing to another contract that they cannot afford. That’s called mortgaging the future isn’t it? Hood and Sanders are effectively traded away with this move…Levi Brown just got the money we needed to keep them.

  • steeltown

    Some might call me crazy, but I think they should restructure Polamalu and add a year through 2015, he just turned 32yrs old

  • steeltown

    I’d be fine with that

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    They have to restructure or extend him either way this season, given his cap hit next season.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    He needs to take a significant pay cut next year if he is extended.

  • Bilgewater D

    Why look at it that way? If he plays well, he can be re-signed. Ravens will do the same.

    That’s why they’ve been one step ahead of us lately.

  • Alan Felicia

    If Monroe plays well, he’ll command a Premium in the Open market since he’s a LT!

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    ^This

  • steeltown

    Yep

  • steeltown

    Not necessarily

  • Bilgewater D

    Why is that an issue? Outside of your QB, you need an elite LT.

    Why are the Steelers unwilling to protect their biggest investment?

  • Alan Felicia

    Have you seen Pittsburgh Cap Situation? They can’t afford to sign a LT on the open market. And LT are premiums, look at Jake Long who signed with the Rams in the off season (4 yrs, $34 Million – $16 Mill Guaranteed).
    Point is, Monroe was a total gamble b/c, as we saw, Ravens gave away a 4th and 5th round pick for a Rental. The way I see it, they have both Oher and Monroe going into Free Agency at the end of the season.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    With a 10.8m cap hit? More than likely.

  • Mike Carroll

    I would not touch his contract or anybody else’s at this point unless the player is agreeing to a direct paycut. Since that is unlikely, I would wait to look at Troy’s contract at the end of the season.

  • Mike Carroll

    I am with you. Restructuring Browns own deal is the best option out of a very poor set of options.

  • Mike Carroll

    Agree. I could see him being extended next year for one additional year assuming he drops from $8.25M base salary in 2014 to $5M per year for 20114/15.

    Virtually every Steeler is headed to the discount rack the way the season is going. And zero turnovers is direct reflection on Troy as much as anyone else. It is good to see him on the field every week, but he’s barely made a play worth mentioning.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    It would not surprise me if Brown’s restructured deal is more years, but with only the same $$$ figure guaranteed. If you spread it out some, it might make more sense as you can waive him with less pain….potentially.

  • Mkeller

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! If I hear the word “restructure” associated with the Steelers one more time I’m jumping ship. They are like crack addicts. Anyone who views this woeful act of desperation as anything other than the last desperate final acts of dilusional men they are sadly mistaken. Nobody….not even the Cardinals give away LTs that are worth a damn. Unreal. The organization is out of control. Time for an intervention.

  • Mkeller

    How about that go out and draft some young affordable talent like the pride full organization they used to be. You are crazy and so are they.

  • Tom

    Time to put most, if not all, of those guys out to pasture. Maybe extend Ike one more year.

    Any team that allots 18.5 million dollars of cap space to their safeties…like the Steelers did this year, is nuts.

    0 forced turnovers……zero, nada, zip, zilch.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    It’s another guy with a salary that does not match his production no matter how its structured.

  • Richard Edlin

    Or cut. No way Clark gets extended after his play thus far.

    It depends on what Troy is willing to stomach in terms of pay cuts …

  • Richard Edlin

    Yep. Clark isn’t worth veteran minimum at this point, and I really hope we see some vicious cutting in the off-season. I suspect Hood, probably Ike (though it’ll be hard), Clark and possibly Polamalu go.

    Polamalu’s playing pretty well but his market value’s definitely less than this salary next year … we’re better off losing him if we can’t extend him cheaply next year. The market for geriatric players seems limited outside of QB …

    On offense, I think Heath stays, but we let Sanders walk. By season’s end, the hope has to be that Wheaton’s versatile enough to play #2, Moye #3 + red zone, Justin Brown #4 and then look to pick up a receiver late in the draft. Draft picks at LT (#1), S, DE, TE (#2-4).

  • Tom

    There was talk that the Steelers were “in the running” for Long. Probably a good thing they missed out as he has played awful this year. As far as cap situation……there most certainly is a way to create room for a LT. They absorbed a cap hit this year in excess of 18 million for the 2 starting safeties. Say goodbye to both…..make Shamarko a starter…and you have plenty of money for a LT and free agent safety. Most Steeler fans don’t want to hear any suggestion about letting Troy go….but his salary makes him an “elephant in the room”

  • Steeler Wheeler

    And this is a problem because why?

    Hood either plays well and commands too much money or continues to suck and isn’t worth a new contract of any size. Sanders is really a bad WR2. Both these guys are replaceable with players already on the roster.

    Regarding LT, how bad must Whimper, Beachum, and Gilbert be if Adams looks better than them and has started 4 games?

  • Steeler Wheeler

    I agree on Pola…and at 0-4, the time to buy is now, he might be willing to help out the home town team. Same for Big Ben…he eats way to much cap room for his production.

  • 1stepforward

    I admit I was wrong about Levi Brown’s contract, though it runs through 2016, the Steelers won’t be committed to it beyond the remainder of the season and, at that, it is cheap enough.

    However, Hood is the third best defensive lineman on the team. I assume you are looking at Woods as his replacement…maybe, but can you afford to be wrong? Who is behind him? No one. Every team RB we face is gonna look like AP if you don’t keep competency on that line.
    Sanders is an average #2 WR. Okay, fair enough. But we haven’t seen anything from Wheaton yet. I think you’re counting your chickens there. Besides, Sanders is serious asset for the ground game, one of the few on the roster.
    If you throw away the pieces you have in a panic, it can be a very long decade and not just a long season.

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