Now that the Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed tight end Michael Palmer and added former Buffalo Bills linebacker Arthur Moats to the roster on Monday, the team of course has used a little more of their available salary cap space.
Prior to re-signing Palmer, the team had $2,174,434.00 in available cap space per the NFLPA. If you factor in that both Palmer and Moats both signed one-year qualifying contracts, this should leave the Steelers with roughly $1,809,434 in cap space pending the details of the contract signed Friday by wide receiver Lance Moore.
Keep in mind that once Moore’s numbers are known, there will still be displacement that will take place in the top 51.
The Steelers will get $8 million in cap space once the release of linebacker LaMarr Woodley becomes official on June 2, so that will be more than enough to cover the rookie class as well as possible extensions for defensive end Cameron Heyward and cornerback Cortez Allen.
Should the Steelers still need more cap space between now and June, however, they will need to restructure the contract of Lawrence Timmons, or extend the contracts of either quarterback Ben Roethlisberger or linebacker Jason Worilds. Those extensions, if they ultimately happen, might not take place until the team reports to training camp, but there’s no rule against them happening earlier than that.