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John Clayton Says 2014 Salary Cap Now Projected To Rise To $132 Million


It appears as though the Pittsburgh Steelers are continuing to gain salary cap space by not doing anything.

According to John Clayton of ESPN on Twitter, the projection for the 2014 salary cap is now at $132 million, according to a source of his.

Earlier in the week, Adam Shefter reported he had heard that the projected salary cap would be $130 million, which would be nearly four million more than the earlier offseason projections of $126.3 million.

The Steelers currently sit with a rule of 51 number of roughly $138.75 million and that includes the carryover of unused cap space from the 2013 season. Should Clayton’s $132 million number hold up, that would of course would mean the Steelers won’t have much work to do in order to get compliant.

The Steelers are expected to release tackle Levi Brown prior to the start of the new league year and that move alone would clear $6.25 million in cap space. A quick restructure of wide receiver Antonio Brown‘s contract can free up almost $4 million more in cap space and have the team well within compliance at that point.

These won’t be the only moves of course, but as you can clearly see, the Steelers aren’t anywhere close to being in the salary cap hell that so many of the experts and fans predicted they would be. Of course I tried to tell you this months ago.

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  • cp72

    The only person more pleased than me about this is Jason Worilds agent……

  • Superdriller316

    I heard AR II say this morning that the Steelers are proceeding as if the cap was 126.3

  • Matt Manzo

    So far this off season is working out really well for us! Do I smell a TJ Ward signing?

  • Jason White

    This offseason just keeps getting better and better. More cap space to work with and Omar Khan hasn’t even picked up his calculator yet. The Ravens suck and are full of distraction at the moment. The Browns are their usual retarded selves. The Bengals are themselves which is enough by itself but to add some icing to their nasty little cake they lost both of their coordinators and maybe some of their free agents as well.

    The Steelers seem to be the only team in the AFC North that ended the season with momentum heading into 2014. If they have a solid offseason the rest of the way they should be at least a 10-11 win team and perhaps 12 wins.

  • shawn

    ya that is the smart thing to do !

  • shawn

    Well indeed if this is the case they better use that extra money to pick up some talent and not just pay ike and troy their full salary … that said i definitely think an upgrade at Safety is an option, but i see TJ more as a Strong Safety … and isn’t that what Shamarko is going to be … what are your thoughts on that ?

    I am of the opinion that we need to pick up 2 ball hawks a FS and a CB … Draft/FA doesnt matter … TJ is good and all but doesnt necessarily fill that role ??

  • Labrat0116

    So when will the 2014 Salary cap be carved in stone ?

    What’s preventing the league from doing so right now ?

  • Superdriller316

    The Owners meeting next month.

  • William Weaver

    I would rather sign him and let the often injured Worilds go. Draft an outside linebacker to take over when we can get rid of woodley next year if he continues with breaking down. Ward is proven.

  • Labrat0116

    Cool. Thanks.

    Sooner the better.

  • dkoy85

    I’m failing to understand why people think Worilds is so injury prone and unproven? Hes been our healthies OLB and sure his body of work isnt extensive but he’s been nothing but solid over the years and has improved year to year. When give the opportunity to take over for Woodley he secured the starting role even when Woodley came back. No reason to think he wont get better.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    Is the assumed Levi cut based on anything?

    I hear it all the time as though it’s fact but until our oline coach says cut him or his agent won’t renegotiate it seems insanely premature given last years line play. I wouldn’t cut him until after off season workouts.

  • dgh57

    We wouldn’t of even made the trade for L. Brown had Adams not sucked and injuries elsewhere on the OL. Plus his $6.2M salary has a say in it also.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    So what?

    Do you think the team has a surefire LT for next year?

    If Levi is the best of the group in the opinion of Munchak he should stay.

    If he’ll take a minimum deal to reestablish himself on a team with an opening, like the steelers, you keep him no matter what.

  • dgh57

    Not saying it’s a impossibility of him staying just saying he will be cut because of his salary. When we traded for him there were few OT to choose from. It’s different now as FA and the draft are ahead of us. They will cut him and then look around to see what’s available and at the same time see if a deal can be made with L. Brown at a more reasonable contract dollar wise.

  • Jollyrob68

    The assumption is that cutting him is the fastest way to save 6.2 million. Plus The Steelers love Beachum and aren’t given up on Adams.

  • Jollyrob68

    Needing to get under the cap and it saves 6.2 million for a player who got hurt during warmups and never played a snap.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    My original question was if this is something people have heard from the team and or insiders or was it just pulled out of the rear end and repeatedly stated as fact.

    We have an experienced LT that was a first round choice and is on a 1 year deal. We don’t have significantly better options or the money for a goodgood fa option. It seems odd to completely dismiss a viable option at such a position of need.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    The steelers don’t cut player’s because its the quickest way to cap compliance.

    They don’t “love” beacham at Lt either. He might be good enough to start but isn’t viewed as above average by anyone.

    They shouldn’t give up on Adams either. They need to maximize options. Especially when you only delay the need for other moves by cutting brown early.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    Is that long for No?

  • Nolrog

    It’s as good as a fact. That’s a huge savings from releasing him, and the OL played quite well in the last 6 or so games.

  • dgh57

    So what you’re hearing is the most logical solution when you are over the salary cap by $6 to $8M and need to get under it by March 11th. It stands to reason they will cut him because they will not pay him $6.2M with his injury history. Also he’s played 4 games in the last 2 years and didn’t look all that good in those 4 games.

  • Matt Manzo

    You’re right! I keep forgetting he’s a strong safety. I don’t know what it takes to make the switch? I do know that a lot if people think Shark can play FS so maybe it’s easier than I think. Maybe Shark plays FS and Ward SS? I just want some Orgeon kids (other than Paulson) and some Rutgers guys from 4/5 years ago!

  • Eric MacLaurin

    As good as a fact?

    Maybe I’m phrasing my question improperly.

    I’m fully aware that cutting Levi is a possibility and that there are some reasons to think it will happen. My question is if it is conjecture or if there has been any indication by the team or the people connected with the team.

    I think I’ve already covered why I don’t think your reasons hold water.

  • Matt Manzo

    I don’t know if he’s worth 6-7 million a year? I think that’s the only unproven part, is how he handles the role of starter when he’s expected to dominate? Could be the next James Harrison too!

  • dgh57

    No team is going to publicly come out and say they’re going to cut any player ahead of when they actually do! So what you are hearing is conjecture but that same conjecture is based on sound reasoning.

  • William Weaver

    Funny you say that. At the start of the season he was just going to finish out his last year in Pittsburgh and nobody cared. He has 4-5 good games (only from left side) and everyone wants to give him 6-8 million a year? My point was I would rather sign ward if we could only afford one of them and I stand by that. I won’t be upset if they resign Worilds but he is no future hall of famer for sure. Maybe woodley can get healthy and return to greatness. He is really good when healthy and almost has to be on the roster. Go with him, Jarvis and a rookie. IMO

  • Jason White

    Kelvin Beachum is the starter at LT and deservingly so. If Levi returns it will be as a backup and it won’t be for 6 million plus.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    It just doesn’t make sense to cut left tackle depth when you can get cap compliant with restructures you are planning to do anyway.

    If there is an agreement or long term injury I could see it but it would be a foolish first move without an additional reason.

  • Nolrog

    The team hasn’t come out and said yeah, we’re going to cut this guy. But it makes total sense and guys like Ed Bouchette (who has sources inside the team) and Dave too (who’s as much an expert on the Steelers salary cap as anyone outside of Omar himself) have been saying this for a long time.

  • Nolrog

    It’s a huge amount of money for a guy who’ll be a back up at best. That one move gets us nearly the entire way there. The other restructures will free up money that can be used to bring in a free agent to fill one of the major needs. Levi isn’t this major LT that we got in a trade. He’s not very good when he plays, which is not very often.

  • Shawn Winbush

    he just said Colbert is going to proceed as if the cap would be 126.3mil .No way Ike isn’t going to be asked to take as pay cut,or be cut.Troy,earning a Pro Bowl nod,is going to be hard to ask him to take a cut.he may be extended to lower his cap hit.TJ is definitely an around the ball safety.and he can tackle. You want him if he can be had.

  • Shawn Winbush

    both are interchangable.TJ gets the FS nod. Better in coverage at this point.

  • Matt Manzo

    Is Ward the best of what’s available? Considering we won’t spend too high?
    I’m gonna have to do my research on FA DBs!

  • dgh57

    They also have no choice but to cut him because how else are you going to get his contract down to a more reasonable salary? Then if they think he’s good enough they will try to work out another contract because they’re not going to pay him $6.2M with his injury history. But the problem with that is there may be better(and younger)fish in the sea so to speak because of FA and the draft so that his cut could be final. They can’t do it all through restructures because you would be doing it as a couple Mill here and a couple a Mill there so you might as well do it(mostly)in one big chunk.

  • shawn

    ward will be the 2nd highest behind Byrd … Byrd would be much better for us, but Ward is Solid … just dont think that Shamarko and Ward complement each other … the other possible big FA people are talking about is DT Soliai .. which would be controversial since he would take Mclendon’s place … but there is a realistic small chance it happens if they were interested in grabbing him from Miami ..

    I personally think there are too many decent FS and CBs in the draft and would take my chances … if Troy was to be cut then i would pick up ward in a heart beat, but i see him playing another 2 years !

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Soliai is a beast. Now you’re talking. Of course, only if they could get the guy cheap. He would be a great acquisition.
    Forget about the big name FA’s at skill positions as they will be too expensive and not the type that the Steelers will get.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Many of you are thinking that becoming cap compliant means the Steelers can start thinking about splurging in Free Agency. Wake up call! Go take a look at how many players are FA’s from the Steelers. They still have to sign a boatload of guys, like Catchery, Woods, Dwyer, Velasco, Wallace, Worlds, Will Allen, LS Warren. And there are about 10 more that I don’t want back, like Felix Jones, Hood, etc.

    So please don’t make the mistake of thinking they suddenly can go crazy on FA’s. Even at the new cap number, they will still be over, along with the Cowboys. This means that all the other teams have a crapload more money to spend, so there is no way the Steelers are going to go after the high-priced first waive of FA’s. Stupid teams tend to over spend on them anyway.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    And I should also mention that I am aware that AB and perhaps others will be restructured and levi Brown will be dropped to get them well under the cap. However, that money will be required to sign their own FA’s. And I really don’t want them to restructure some guys like Woodley or Taylor, as that could again get them into trouble in the future. How?

    Please think ahead to next year when Heyward and others will get brand new contracts. How about Pouncey if he plays great this upcoming year? That’s a lot of money required for next year. Think ahead before talking about spending a boat load on over priced top of the list FA’s that they cannot afford.

    Besides, it is not their style. Think under the radar FA’s.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    It doesn’t work that way.

    You renegotiate while the player is under contract instead of cutting him and competing with all the other teams. The longer you keep him on the roster the less likely he is to get work elsewhere which gives the team leverage.

    There may indeed be better options. They should be looking into those as well. Waiting on a Levi decision gives you time to see how the FA market develops and how the draft goes. You can then see how he does in off season workouts and if you can adjust his contract before you risk cutting him.

    There is no gain cutting him early at all unless the GM is so lazy he considers it as making his job a little easier.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    He’s a back up at best?

    Haven’t you been watching this team? We don’t have anyone that is an above average LT. You think way too much of you personnel skills if you don’t think Brown has the potential to be much better than anyone we have.

  • dgh57

    It works that way if they just want to part ways and go in a different direction which, come to think of it, if he is cut that’s probably they’re thinking as I doubt they see his cut being a risk like you make it out to be, being as there are other avenues to take to find his replacement given the time of the year it is and his injury history. Also they need to clear cap space to make room to maybe resign Worilds besides just being just cap compliant by March 11th along with the fact they’ve already said they will be more active this year in FA and as of right now that’s their number one priority more then worrying about OT depth.

  • shawn

    i definitely don’t think they will be making a big splash in FA, but a quality pick up or 2 is definitely a possibility … i do think they will be a little more aggressive than past years. From that list above dont want Will Allen or LS back

  • Eric MacLaurin

    You simply fail to take into account that there isn’t a need to cut him right away. They have plenty of other ways to handle the cap without doing anything they they don’t already plan on doing.

    Given this information, why cut someone that could be a starting NFL LT before you have too?

  • dgh57

    And you simply fail to see that his cut is needed and soon because of his bloated contract and getting nearer to March 11th the start of the new League year . They aren’t going to nickel and dime themselves to death with petty cuts and restructures when it can almost be done from excess baggage at OT. As it stands right now you have Beachum and Gilbert as starters with Adams and Whimper backing them up. My guess is that come draft time they will draft someone to take Whimpers place! GOODBYE!!!!!!

  • Eric MacLaurin

    I fail to see those things because they aren’t true.

    They are doing the little deals anyway. Why would you wait on them and cut Levi early?

    None of your points make any sense. Your investment in such weak points is just confusing. Did he beat you up or steal your girlfriend?

  • mike burnside

    Lol @ tried to tell us. Sweet.

  • Brendon Glad

    I was wondering when the owners would start raising the cap after the huge TV deal increases. That should help things a lot.

  • Brendon Glad

    Yeah, if he has the same agent as Lamar Woodley. That just might save him (even though it shouldn’t, imho).

  • richheddleson

    And now, per PFT, the cap may go up another $3 million to $135 million. Cutting Levi Brown would then put the Steelers at $132.5 mil.
    So much for the cap hell we were supposed to be in……….

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