Steelers Carry Over $3,000,327 In Unused Salary Cap Space From 2015

According to a Thursday morning report from the NFLPA, all 32 NFL teams elected to carry over unused salary cap space from the 2015 season and the amounts have now been made official.

As expected, the Pittsburgh Steelers carried over $3,000,327 in left over salary cap space from last season so that amount will serve as a credit in 2016.

With the start of the 2016 league year now less than two weeks away, we should know very soon what the league-wide salary cap number will be. Since the 2015 season ended, the 2016 projected salary cap number has slowly risen and many feel the final number could come in at around $156.5 million per team.

Heading into Thursday, the Steelers have 70 players under contract for the 2016 season. I currently have them sitting roughly $9.5 million under a $155 million cap number and that amount includes the $3,000,327 rollover from 2015 in addition to a projected cap credit payback charge of $1,125,000 and a projected team workout bonus charge of $561,600.
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The Steelers will likely clear even more cap space for the 2016 league year in the coming days as a few contract restructures and possibly even an extension for veteran linebacker Lawrence Timmons could be finalized. The team will also likely re-sign a few of their own unrestricted free agents prior to the start of the signing period.

Teams must be cap complaint in less than two weeks.

Club

Carry Over Amount

Arizona Cardinals

$3,031,663

Atlanta Falcons

$3,905,771

Baltimore Ravens

$1,633,944

Buffalo Bills

$4,467,331

Carolina Panthers

$3,731,200

Chicago Bears

$867,589

Cincinnati Bengals

$7,587,902

Cleveland Browns

$20,734,144

Dallas Cowboys

$3,571,239

Denver Broncos

$3,300,000

Detroit Lions

$862,191

Green Bay Packers

$6,953,847

Houston Texans

$1,637,055

Indianapolis Colts

$4,950,629

Jacksonville Jaguars

$32,774,928

Kansas City Chiefs

$2,622,838

Los Angeles Rams

$933,521

Miami Dolphins

$9,137,544

Minnesota Vikings

$2,090,409

New England Patriots

$1,347,882

New Orleans Saints

$1,400,000

New York Giants

$11,193,231

New York Jets

$2,484,216

Oakland Raiders

$13,373,617

Philadelphia Eagles

$7,255,362

Pittsburgh Steelers

$3,000,327

San Diego Chargers

$2,287,176

San Francisco 49ers

$12,206,686

Seattle Seahawks

$11,587

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

$7,987,748

Tennessee Titans

$20,783,801

Washington Redskins

$5,837,734

  • The Notorious TOM

    My services are available, steelers. I’m really good with dogs and making snarky comments on the internet.

  • CP72

    That’s encouraging. If it ends up 157 or 158 that’s 11-12 million under without any moves.

    The 11-12 million would be enough to get Gay, Foster and McClendon done. Anything from Ben and Timmons can be used to fill other holes.

  • Ahmad

    Sure is nice to be cap compliant without having to cut anyone or rework any contracts.

  • CP72

    So in your combine interview you’re a dog not a cat….

  • PittsburghSports

    I don’t understand this. The Jags get to carryover 32 mil? So their cap figure is 32 mil more than the Steelers?

  • Spencer Krick

    Can you cover Antonio Brown?

  • CP72

    Yeah the Titans and Browns are 20 million. Why are you bad….because you forgot to spend 30 million in free agency!

  • SteelPierogie

    How much money will the upcoming draft class require ?

  • CP72

    I think it’s around 6 million. If you cut Suisham and Allen post June 1st that’s gonna be 7 million which should more than cover the draft class.

  • The Notorious TOM

    Gimme a net-gun and I’ll give it my best shot.

  • SteelPierogie

    They made ziggy give his money back

  • falconsaftey43

    That is pretty crazy. Jags are somewhere around $79 mill under the cap with that role over. With that kind of cash, go out and sign a bunch of guys to fully guaranteed 1 year deals and take a shot at SB. If it doesn’t work out, in 2 years your cap will still be fine.

  • RMSteeler

    Use that extra $327.00 as a performance bonus for Blake, so it’s an even $3M.

  • Richard

    creeping closer and closer to claytons number, just sayin.

  • Sam Clonch

    Don’t forget about Decastro and Bell, both entering their final year. Definitely 2 guys you don’t wan’t to hit to open market really, need to get signed this offseason or are likely gone. Plus the elephant in the room, something needs tweeked at least this year for AB, and then next offseason it’s his chance to cash in too.

    It is really nice to not be managing a crisis for once, but there’s a lot of things to consider still!

  • PittsburghSports

    I have no clue what this carryover means. Does it mean the Jags salary cap is actually $187 million this year? The Browns at $175 million?

  • PittsburghSports

    Exactly what I’m wondering. I know there’s a minimum % each team must spend, but I think that’s based on a 4 year period. Jags and Browns are gonna have to start paying some players wether they like it or not.

  • Edward Hunt

    I think Decastro’s cap number will actually come down after an extension for this year. As far as Brown there are still 2 years left and the steelers hardly give extensions until a year out unless it is a quarterback. I think you bring up a good point about Bell. Do they give him new money this year or push it down the line if they get an extension done.

  • Sam Clonch

    Yeah, definitely not expecting a new deal for Brown this year, I do think they’ll restructure to give him a few extra million though. Any cap space they can roll into next year when they actually do give him new money though would be nice!

    I really don’t know how you deal with Bell. Part of me hopes his injury and potential to not open the season makes me hope his price tag comes down, but then I realize he hasn’t even turned 24 and I think that’s not likely!

    CP72’s point about Timmons could be key to sign Bell though. If they can give him a 2 year extension, few extra million, maybe we could take his hit this year form $15 mil to around $6-7 and funnel that towards Bell or Foster? Can’t wait to see how Colbert and Kahn work it all together this year. So nice to have options and not be right against the cap!

  • Edward Hunt

    I don’t think they will be able to restructure Brown because he is unhappy with his contract.

  • Sam Clonch

    No? They did it last off-season, moving $2mil from 2016 into 2015. He was unhappy with his contract then, there was talk of a holdout, and then he went out and put up ANOTHER career year. I think if they don’t do something, he may ACTUALLY hold out this year. Like you said, they don’t do new contracts for player with more than 1 year left (except QBs), so I don’t see how they can’t restructure again this year.

  • Xclewsive

    The Steelers have a chance to be marginally better this year in free agency then in the past.

  • Sam Clonch

    Looking at the cap numbers, AB is third on the team this year (should end up second once Timmons situation is resolved) at $12.3 million. I really understand the front offices position on not giving new contracts to players with multiple years left, but I don’t know if I believe that it should be an iron-clad law. All of his off-field work aside (which is hard to ignore), his production over the last 3 years is historic, and there are no signs that will change any time soon.

    Have the Steelers ever been in this situation before, where they have a position defining, once in a generation type player, who has done so much for the team, who is paid so little to the point of it being almost insulting? (Maybe they have, I literally don’t know.) I say if there’s a way to structure a new contract that somehow keeps the cap hit the same $12.3 or even lower, they should do it. If that encourages other players to become position defining, once in a generational type of player that AB is in order to get a new contract early, that would be a good problem for the Rooney’s to face!

  • Edward Hunt

    You bring up some good points but I think if you start making exceptions then other players will hold out for better contracts. The reason ab didn’t hold out I think is that he knew the Steelers would not cave.

  • joed32

    Don’t only the top 51 salaries count against the cap during the off season?

  • deuce_seven

    Redo Timmons, DeCastro, and Ben. Release Cortez and Suisham. Then you’re in the ballgame for a Weddle or a Trumaine Johnson. Push some out if you have to. The 2017 cap is going to be close to $170M if not more.

  • CP72

    Would rather spend the money 3 good players or one great player? Not sure what my answer is.

  • deuce_seven

    Yeah. I guess I’m hopeful they can resign Gay and Foster without eating into the cap too much. Then, if you can, go for a big name.

  • vasteeler

    Great now maybe they can lock antwon Blake to a multi year deal since they value him so much as a starter

  • RASTA

    Well said…I agree. If anybody becomes All-World 3 years in a row after their 2nd contract, gets to be treated like the franchise player they truly are at that point….great problem to have.

    Go Steelers!

  • The GreekGeek

    The Jags at least were trying a little to spend it last year, but a lot of players turned down their big money deals to go elsewhere… Not really a choice destination. Titans and Browns may have a similar problem although I didn’t hear about them linked to big money deals last year as much…

  • Sam Clonch

    Similar question was asked to Bob Labriola on his asked and answered bit. His answer was to quote Dan Rooney from back when the salary cap was first being implemented. Rooney’s quote was-“with a salary cap, it’s not as punitive to overpay a superstar –
    because he’s a superstar – than it is to overpay mediocre talent. Even
    if overpaying for mediocre talent is cheaper than overpaying for a
    superstar.”

    Read a similar story about Art Rooney when he gave Lynn Swann a better rookie contract as the 7th overall pick than then everyone but the 1st pick (so he got #2 pick money as a #7 pick). Art was talking to Swanns agent and said “Let me teach you a lesson, young man,” Rooney said. “You can never overpay a good player. You can only overpay a bad one. I don’t mind paying a good player $200,000. What I mind is paying a $20,000 player $22,000.”

    So that’s the company line on paying stars over starters for what it’s worth!