Steelers Salary Cap: Speculated Rookie Contracts For Hawkins, Feeney, Ayers, Matakevich

The Pittsburgh Steelers added four more members to their 2016 draft class on Saturday with the selections of Jerald Hawkins, Travis Feeney, DeMarcus Ayers and Tyler Matakevich. Those four players should all sign their rookie contracts very soon being as the amounts and guaranteed portions are nearly etched in stone thanks to the rookie wage scale.

We have already taken a look at what the contracts will look like for the Steelers first three draft picks and below are the estimated 2016 salary cap charges for the team’s final four selections.

Jerald Hawkins – $582,621

Travis Feeney – $475,088

DeMarcus Ayers – $469,913

Tyler Matakevich – $465,763

All four of these draft picks will be signed to four year contracts and that process will likely start taking place next weekend when the team’s rookie mini camp gets underway in Pittsburgh.

As of right now, the speculated total salary cap amount for all seven of the Steelers draft pick’s contracts amounts to $5,103,599 and while that amount looks large, it’s important to remember that roster displacement in the top 51 will also take place. That process should result in the Steelers needing less than $2 million in cap space to accommodate all seven of their draft picks in addition to the undrafted free agents they have signed.

I will update all of the contract details of all of the new Steelers players as soon as they sign their deals.

  • Spencer Krick

    Do the steelers need to find money before they start signing rookies to contracts or can they wait until after?

  • SteelersDepot

    they have enough cap space to sign all of these players right now.

  • LucasY59

    Looks like with displacement getting the rookies signed to new contracts doesnt require any other roster moves (IIRC they had 3mil or so in space after the Allen release)

    DeCastro’s deal could free up some space (but since it looks like the long term deal for him is a bit more expensive than originally anticipated, It wont free up a lot of space, but should give them a bit of breathing room) and its not a IF but a WHEN it will happen.

    Shuisham will most likely free up some space as well, but that wont happen until right before the season (and should provide some extra cushion going into the season, or allow them to bring in a different Vet that was a pre-season cut, if needed)

    Not sure what is going on with Timmons, but I would think he gets some sort of reworked deal (most likely soon) even if they decide not to extend him there is a chance they ask him to lower his base salary (I think they need to do that quickly, and it might even be too late to lower his base this coming season) adding one yr to his contract instead of a couple (2 or 3) might be another possibility. I am guessing no new deal was done with him until now because they wanted to see how the Draft went before figuring out a long term plan (if Jaylon Smith had slid to them later in the Draft they might not do any extension and this yr could be his last as a Steeler) IF they dont have him a rework his deal then it also shows what they think of VW (and LT) and maybe a extension for Vince gets done instead? (dont think that would lower the salary cap hit this yr, but probably wouldnt increase it a lot either)

    They will probably guarantee AB’s salary again for this yr (which I dont think affects the Cap very much either way)

    Bell could get a deal (that would most likely be a team friendly discount due to him coming off injury) it would still increase his cap hit some so some other possible deals would need to be done

    Ben could get a restructure (if it is to get a discounted deal for Bell it is worth it) Heyward is another possible restructure (wouldnt redo Pouncey since he is coming off injury)

  • Spencer Krick

    Top 51, right.

  • SteelersDepot

    Rule of 51, yes.

  • DoctorNoah

    Why happens with Suisam – any advantage to cutting him or attempting to trade him?

  • LucasY59

    I think he could possibly be a late preseason trade, like Wing was last yr (which has the double bonus of a extra 7th rd pick as well as a lowered salary cap hit, maybe they can find some poor suckers with bad injury luck to give them a 6th in the trade…)

    No need to cut him right now, let him go through the preseason (If anything its insurance that the same thing doesnt happen 2 yrs in a row with injuries) and he is cut at the end (which still saves the 2.5 mil or whatever it is in cap space)

  • HeavyMedicine

    unlike last years draft, (ala Mr. Holliman) i actually hope all 7 of our picks make the final roster or practice squad. I foresee Jerald Hawkins being on the practice squad. Do we have room to keep him on roster as a tackle? I assume we are going to give Mike Adams one more year, guess it all depends how it plays out through training camp. As for all the other picks, I could see them finding spots on special teams