With Pouncey Now Extended, Steelers Can Turn Their Attention To Allen, Roethlisberger

Now that the Pittsburgh Steelers have locked up center Maurkice Pouncey with a five-year contract extension, they can now turn their attention to a few other players that they might want to extend prior to the start of the 2014 season.

For starters, as far as salary cap space goes, if the early numbers associated with Pouncey’s new extension hold up to be true, the Steelers actually cleared an additional $263,375 in salary cap space for 2014.

So which player is next up for an extension?

One would think that it would be fourth-year cornerback Cortez Allen.

Being as Allen is set to earn $1.431 million in 2014 and based on the fact that he’s yet to fully establish himself, his price tag shouldn’t be all that high at all. After all, he’s only started 11 games so far during his first three years in the league to the tune of 1341 total defensive snaps.

It’s hard seeing Allen expecting to get more than $2.5 million a season at this point and the guaranteed money associated with a new deal should be very easy to swallow. It will be very surprising if an extension isn’t worked out with him and it shouldn’t eat up a ton of cap space in 2014 when the ink finally dries.

While there’s no guarantees that it will happen, the Steelers should still have plenty of cap space left to work out an extension with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger is set to earn a $12.1 million base salary in 2014 and he currently carries a cap charge of $18.895 of which $6.795 million has to stick in a new deal because of past restructuring. An extension for Roethlisberger this offseason could theoretically be worked out without his 2014 cap charge moving any, depending on the signing bonus given and how much of his scheduled base salary is rolled over into a new deal.

Outside of Allen and Roethlisberger, it stands to reason that linebacker Jason Worilds would be the only other player left to consider giving an extension to this offseason. While I’m not convinced that it will happen, if it does, it stands to reason that his current 2014 cap charge of $9.754 million would drop considerably. That freed up cap space then could be rolled over to next season or rolled into first-year guaranteed money for Roethlisberger as part of a new extension for him.

Needless to say, Pouncey’s extension won’t be the last one that we’re talking about prior to the start of the 2014 season. It’s just a matter of how many more extensions at this point.

  • kev4heels

    i can’t see any way we get allen for less than about 3.5 to 4 mil per year.

  • steeltown

    Boy that’d be nice even, $17.5MIL for 5yrs

  • NW86

    There is no way that Allen signs an extension now for $2.5M/yr. If that’s all the Steelers offer, then Cortez will play out the year as a starter and hope to earn 3 times that number next year. I’m not saying he’s a pro-bowler, but he’s our apparent #1 starting CB of the future. Why would he sign for less than #2 CB money?

  • Eric MacLaurin

    You can’t be sure. He hasn’t made enough to turn his nose up at a big check right now. I do think he would get more but a 2 year extension at the minimum with 3 or 4 mil in cash today would set him for life & guarantee against injury in the near future while becoming a free agent in 2 years after he finishes development.

  • Paddy

    2.5 is about the limit for him, still don’t know if can really play

  • Derick L Young

    take care of Ben now. glad they got Pouncey done.

  • shawn

    He ain’t coming that cheap …. im guessing closer to 4-5 mil/yr …. which i think is a pretty good deal for both sides !

  • shawn

    aint happening !

  • shawn

    Who said we could sign him for 2.5M/yr ??? …. Wait let me guess …

  • Zach

    Yep, 4-5 mil would be the range he is looking at. Otherwise he should bet on himself like Keenan did, and we are screwed again. Key here will be guaranteed money, I can’t see the steelers giving him more than 8 mil guaranteed.

  • Jacob Dixon

    Allen is more important

  • shawn

    agreed … except for the part on guaranteed … if they were smart they would try to give him closer to 4M/yr a good portion guaranteed ! 22M 5 yrs … (12-14 guaranteed) … Id be good with that !

  • steeltown

    So $3.5 per isn’t enough, but $4MIL per is….

  • steeltown

    You’d give him 60% of his contract guaranteed?

  • shawn

    thats actually 4.4 but only because the GUARANTEED which every one loves to talk about … is so high (60%sh).. thats why the Per Season got reduced from closer to 5 … make sense ?

  • steeltown

    Yes… but no, you’re making 60% of his deal guaranteed to save $600K? That’s crazy talk

  • Big White

    If I were a gambling man, and i am, I think you’ll see the Roethlisberger deal done in days, not weeks now that Pouncey has been addressed.

  • NW86

    I would take that bet. Ben still has 2 years left on his deal, IMO he isn’t the top priority right now.

  • Big White

    I agree that two years left is a big deal, but so is uncertainty. A new deal that would probably be his last two years out isn’t a stretch. Quarterbacks get treated differently on the field and most certainly in contract discussions.

  • steelster

    I would be shocked if they extend ben this year. Allen is a bigger priority because if they lose him after this year they are really screwed at cb. Ben still has 2 year left better to wait until 2015 to due the deal.

  • Kevin Reich

    Why? 2 yrs left. Wait and see if he breaks down.

  • Weiss Chad

    I can’t put my finger on it but Cortez Allen for some reason kinda reminds me of a young Carnell lake.God I hope I’m right.

  • Weiss Chad

    I could be completely wrong but I’m guessing due to the cap hit

  • Weiss Chad

    4 yrs seventeen to eighteen million would be really nice deal in favor of steelers imo

  • Weiss Chad

    4yrs 17-18 million six to seven millions guaranteed imo.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    I’d put an extension with Cam Heyward after Allen but ahead of Roethlisberger, Heyward has a lot of upside and takes a huge jump on his cap hit in 2015 which could be smoothed over the rest of the decade with the right contract. I don’t see the upside to extending Roethlisberger this year versus waiting til next, given his affordable 2014-2015 contract.