Report: 2016 Salary Cap To Be Set At $155.27 Million

While it has yet to be announced by the NFL or the NFLPA, a Friday evening report by Tom Pelissero of USA Today indicates that the 2016 salary cap has been finalized at $155.27 million per team. Should the report wind up being correct, it would be almost a $12 million increase over the 2015 number.

Based on my current calculations that include a carryover of $3,000,327 in unused salary cap space from 2015, in addition to projected future roster bonuses and a cap credit payback charge, the Steelers should be close to $10 million under a cap number of $155.27 million. Keep in mind that Steelers also have to account for their rookie draft pick pool in addition to a full practice squad and two more roster spots.

The Steelers will also likely free up additional cap space in the coming days via a few contract restructures. They also figure to lower the 2016 cap charge of linebacker Lawrence Timmons via either an extension or cut in salary in the coming days or weeks.

At some point during the offseason, the Steelers will also likely sign guard David DeCastro to a long-term contract extension and that in turn will lower his $8.07 million scheduled cap charge in 2016.

  • CP72

    So we are:
    A. 2.5 million over
    B. 9.5 million under
    C. 12.5 million under
    D. None of the above

    Answer is B…..in Dave we trust.

  • Melly

    I think the rookie pool will be covered by C.Allen being released post June 1?!

  • SteelersDepot

    Yeah, I know my numbers are far off the ones Ed B. has, but i talk to a few with access every week and they tell me I’m on point.

  • CP72

    Well you’re the only person that has shown a break down to explain your number. I agree with David Todd….you wanna throw a number out there then “show your work”.

  • CP72

    Throw Suisham in there and it should be enough.

  • Aaron

    That include heath?

  • CodeNameJerk

    Another year in cap hell, amiright guys?

  • SteelersDepot

    up to date

  • Melly

    it looks promising!

  • Frank Cordaro

    As a fan its kinda funny seeing the Steelers close to 10M under the cap….its good to see but I understand that may not be to much but I look at it this way…I see a lot of teams with 60M with money but they are the bad teams and they need better players, Steelers need to fill some holes and hope 2016 draft will be a good one….Go Steelers

  • ND_Steel

    How would you define successful cap management at this point? Got a lot of work to do…contract extensions for DeCastro and Bell…re-signing Gay, Foster (Foster at 30 is NOT old for an interior lineman), McClendon and Golden…re-structure Timmons (anyone else?)…camp competition w/ Suisham and C. Allen…free agent Safety & TE signing?…extension for AB? (if ever there was an exception, he’s it) Hope we can keep the nucleus of this team together.

  • Mario Vignetti

    Thank you Dave; you do a very good job stating and sourcing your information. I have a hunch you enjoy being a Cap Geek.

  • Mario Vignetti

    PS: A Jaylon Smith player profile plz

  • LucasY59

    so they should have enough to sign Trumaine Johnson!

  • Steel B

    I knew Dave’s numbers were right. I LOL when the “establishment” strut around like they know it all. Bouchette, Dulac, Labriola ….please step aside.

  • Rusted Out

    I was under the impression that Sushi was under contract and we may get a trade out of him.

  • Rusted Out

    All relics.

  • LucasY59

    so they should be 12 mil under, and they can get some other deals done

    DeCastro’s extension (which should help displace pay for Bell’s?)

    Timmon’s extension (pays for Gay and maybe Mclendon’s? vet contracts)

    Roethlisberger restucture (pays for rookies)

    AB restructure? (doesnt save much cap space, but gives him guaranteed $ and buys time till next offseasons extension)

    Heyward restructure (free up enough $ to sign Weddle)

    Sign Tru Johnson to a FA contract that has a 1st yr cap hit of around 5 mil (8ish/yr avg for the 5 yr contract)

    Pouncey restructure? (if they do it could pay for Foster? not sure if I would do either deal? pounce needs to prove health before doing a restructure)

    Golden gets a mid grade contract cap hit of 1.5 mill 1st yr (2ish/yr avg for 3 or 4 yrs) (solid Saftey depth and ST contributor)

    close to vet. minimum non guaranteed deals for W.Johnson (FB/TE depth and STs) Blake (STs/emergency depth) DHB (STs/WR depth) and Todman (RB depth/KR?) Gradkowski also? (after displacement increases cap hit by 3 mil or less?)

    Let Boykin, Spence, and Beacham take fairly large FA contracts elsewhere (starter level pay)

    Foster is the one Im not very sure about, I dont think the Steelers will give him as much as he wants, so I think there could be a good chance he leaves

    All of these deals and the team is about 3 mil under the cap (which is where they like to be)

    *all of this is VERY hypothetical, but these are the offseason deals I would really like to see happen

  • Steeler-Drew

    You would certainly think so. According to Over the Cap he was in the 6-7 million a year range which should certainly be within their reach. They signed Mitchell for 5 million per year with less space to work with if I recall. I can understand not being in competition for a player like Jenkins who may be in the 8-10 million range but Johnson should be in play as long as his price is not driven significantly higher.

  • LucasY59

    yep I think a 5 yr deal for around 35mil should get him signed, think even if they had to go up to 40 he would be worth it, 1st yr cap hit would be closer to 5mil

  • LucasY59

    with those moves I would take a little different approach into the Draft than I originally thought,

    since I am playing fantasy GM, I would try very hard to trade back, a team picking early in the 2nd that wants to move back into the 1st. gain a top 10 pick in the 2nd, 3rd, and 6th

    early 2nd rd pick- Garnett,
    later (original) 2nd for a S- Thompson, Joseph, Cravens, Fuller or Mills
    early 3rd- Vannett,
    later 3rd- Kamalei Correa (could be a DL pick also)
    4th Maurice Canady (another possible DL pick)
    6th Shawn Oakman (maybe he falls this far, if he does I would take him here)
    7th Cardale Jones (dont think he would fall this far, but would take him if he does)
    7th Burns (in Kozora’s mock) CB/ST/KR
    7th Keith Marshall (probably gets taken earlier because he ran fast at the combine) Byron Marshall is another possibility or the guy from Navy, Keenan Reynolds

    If I cant get a trade

    1st Conklin or Garnett (invest in a OL 1st rd to replace Foster) *if they do keep Foster get a DL (Billings, Butler or Reed maybe Robinson if he drops)
    2nd Vannett (or Henry if he Drops) 2nd Offensive pick but might be the best way to fill in for the Retirement of Heath (would be great if Garnett made it to the 2nd and Vannett to the 3rd, and one of the DL mentioned earlier in the 1st)
    3rd Jayron Kearse or a different Safety?
    4th Maurice Canady or possibly a DL like Zettel (if they dont get a DL earlier)
    7th DJ Foster (RB depth, might be a PS guy?)
    7th Tyrone Holmes (developmental OLB, probably on PS this yr) Maybe Rashard Robinson if the dont get Canady in the 4th
    7th Rico Gathers (Baylor Basketball player, 6’8″ 275lb TE (or DE?) PS developmental player)

    Will probably have a couple positions that wont be able to get a rookie to fill a hole long term, OG, OLB, S, TE, DL or CB could be early needs next yr, but most likely all but about two of the positions should not be high priority needs next draft, and FAs or current players will be ok for the coming season

  • Big White

    How long can the NFL ride this train? What a biz model. wow

  • Big White

    We will never see an AB or Ben restructure. It won’t happen. Up to a point a player doesn’t like to look like a sucker, particularly with an trending salary cap increase year after year.

  • LucasY59

    ??? AB benefits from getting next yrs $ guaranteed, and Ben has his contract restuctured almost annually

  • Big White

    Hometown discounts are over for those two. They’ve answered the bell for a good time now and both will most certainly be worth those salaries at conclusion unless Ben gets destroyed…..finally.

  • LucasY59

    don’t think you are getting the point of the restructure, its not a discount it is getting money as a early bonus, which pushes back the cap hit to remaining yrs on the contract. (there is no change in the total amount of $ or time in the contract) only thing that changes is the “structure” of how the $ affects the salary cap. Players like Guaranteed $ and getting it earlier is better for them so no player is going to turn down a restructured deal

  • LucasY59

    having the Salary Cap increase every year only makes it more likely for teams to restructure, push the cap hit into the future, when the cap total will be higher

  • LucasY59

    trading him clears cap space (think he is owed 2.5 mil) hopefully an extra 6th next draft to make up for the lost one in the suckbee trade this yr.

    If they cant find a trade partner still clear the cap space by cutting him

  • NinjaMountie

    Yea, there isn’t any discount given when a restructure is done.

  • CP72

    5 for 35 probably is not enough for Trumaine. I bet it’s closer to 10 million per season than 7.

  • CP72

    Don’t know if I agree with everything you said, but appreciate all the work you put in it.

  • DirtDawg1964

    None of them even try. They post the obvious stuff, never give an insight that helps fans understand the game and they treat fans with disdain. All of the news that is important to a Steeler fan is here, with great insights and analysis.

    All of those establishment guys can rot. Just a bunch of cranky old turds.

  • DirtDawg1964

    You need to keep up Big White. First, nothing about this kind of restructuring means they get less money. It merely converts salary or in year bonuses into signing bonuses so that the cap hit gets spread over the remaining years of the contract. The only “risk” to the player is it creates such a large cap number at the back end that they risk being released.

    And neither player has provided a hometown discount. Big Ben’s contract has an average value close to $22 million, which places him well up with the best at his position. AB may be underpaid but his contract was a good one when he signed it – he has merely outperformed it.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Okay we seen what they can do being over the cap with no money now let’s see what they can do being under the cap with a couple million SHOPPING SPREE no more bargain basements looking for guys like cam Thomas on the clearance racks lol

  • Big White

    I completely understand that. However, both players have been underpaid for the last 2-3 seasons and are not exactly rushing to the negotiating table to help the Steelers out. AB was restructured last year, so in essence the Steelers have already addressed him. With Ben, The Steelers just resigned him and one would think that the franchise has already put a number on him for each year of that deal that they are comfortable with. Point being that the “hometown discount” isn’t just a dollar figure, it is also accommodating the Steelers and those two would probably be the last two out of say 8-10 players that would be approached.

  • Bradys_Dad

    What additional benefit is there if we release/cut Cortez Allen now vs. later this summer?

  • Steeler-Drew

    Someone can correct me if I’m wrong but I believe if they cut him now they save 1.7 million this year with no dead money cap hit next year. If they cut him post Jun they save 4 million this year but he carries over a 2.7 million cap hit next year. They could use the 1.7 now to help sign free agents or wait until Jun when all of the better players are gone and use the money to help sign the rookie pool. Personally I take that small amount and use it now and not take on another cap hit from a player who is no longer on the team.

  • Bradys_Dad

    Thanks – great explanation and I tend to agree.

  • Phillip Dssturk Dobrensky

    Big White I believe BB will be more than willing to restructure.We are so close to a SB winning team he can taste it and he wants it. I also believe Timmons and others will also be willing especially if they use the money to extend AB, Bell, sign a veteran CB, TE, deals with Decastro and other veterans on our team. Reduce the pressure on our limited Draft this year. This team knows we’re close to being a SB contender for the next few years and that Goal will only be achieved by some financial sacrifice. JMHO.

  • Big White

    Particularly with AB, why would he jump through a hoop to help out the Steelers? He believes he’s underpaid and he is right, but by his own doing. His only leverage against the Steelers is to NOT assist any any salary cap relief. Ben, you might get some movement, but again the Steelers are probably comfortable with his number being they just re-signed him. If the Steelers want help in that manner, the logic says they’ll approach players like Pouncey, Mitchell & Gilbert.

  • LucasY59

    he has shown flashes, but has not had a standout season (in 4 yrs) I think he has the potential to be worth 10/yr, but he hasnt earned it yet. (even if he doesnt max out his potential he would still step in as the most talented CB on the team, and would be the kind of CB Steelers the value, with size and physicallity. I agree 7/yr is the min, but I think around 8 is where he will sign (someone else would have to overpay for potential if they gave him 10)

    Byron Maxwell was overpaid last yr so it is possible, but Aqib Talib, Chris Harris and Vontae Davis are all under 10 and I think they are better, both of the Cromartie’s Antonio (8/yr) and DRC (7/yr) have contracts similar to what I think Tru is worth (they were more proven CBs, but TJ has youth and potential so they are about even, all are similar in skills and playing style also)

  • Phillip Dssturk Dobrensky

    Let’s make this clear. The Steelers moved 2 mil from his 2016 base pay to his 2015 pay to keep him happy with out re doing his contract. The Steelers are tough on that. Now his salary this year is about 6.5 million (8.5 – 2). So do you think AB (the best receiver in the league) will play for that or will the Steelers move monies from his final year to this year or do they do an extension? This is something to think about. We have Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton, and Hayward Bay not to mention the up and coming (going to be great) Sammy Coats My guess is if they don’t do a new deal (I hate to say this) AB will be released at the end of his contract.

  • Big White

    Depends on how strong he is at that time. My guess is that he’ll still be a top 3 WR. To, me it would be football suicide not to give him a 2-3 year deal making him paid as such. Sure, we will definitely have options perhaps with Bryant and such, but he and Ben are probably the best duo since Harrison/Manning or Montana/Rice. If they are still almost impossible to stop, I would be shocked if the Steelers didn’t bite the bullet.

  • Rusted Out

    I think there really is a disconnect with those older writers and most fans. They really lack youthful enthusiasm. With the way those Dinosaurs are headed, I wouldn’t be surprised if the whole cast and crew of David Todd, Dave Bryan, Mathew, and Alex soon become recognized as the leading authority on all things Steelers.

  • Brandon Campbell

    I think it’s right under 6 million for post June cut…

  • Phillip Dssturk Dobrensky

    It’s been stated a post June 1st cut saves the Steelers 4.4 mil

  • Phillip Dssturk Dobrensky

    Big White my heart agrees with you but my head says this is still a business. AB will be 27 this year and 28 in his final contract year. I don’t think he will settle for a 2 or 3 year deal. I think he’ll want a 5 or 6 year deal and it maybe more than the Steelers can afford or are willing to pay. I think if we could offer an extension this year of say 6 years and 80 mil with 50 mil garrenteed then maybe but if he has another record breaking season he will surely be lost to FA. JMHO.

  • Big White

    I expect a another record breaking season unfortunately for that scenario. He doesn’t look like he’s slowing down and if he gets 16 games with Ben(doubtful), those numbers may be even more impressive. We’ll see.