Steelers Salary Cap Implications From Marcus Gilbert Suspension

Earlier this week, Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Marcus Gilbert was suspended for four games for violating the leagues PED usage policy and because of that, the seven-year veteran will lose some money and the team will gain some salary cap space not only this year, but in 2018 and 2019 as well.

Gilbert’s current contract called for him to earn a base salary of $4 million in 2017 and his four-game suspension means he’ll lose those weekly checks totaling $941,176. In case you’re curious, Wednesday morning the NFLPA credited the Steelers $941,176 in salary cap space on their public report. In all likelihood, that additionally salary cap space, along with whatever else goes unused this season, will eventually be rolled over into 2018 by the Steelers after the 2017 season ends.

As a result of Gilbert’s suspension being PED-related the Steelers are required to recover a four-game portion of the tackle’s bonuses he’s received, per the NFL’s Policy And Program On Substances Of Abuse.

Players who are suspended pursuant to this Policy shall be required to forfeit any applicable bonus amounts in accordance with Article 4, Section 9 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Parties acknowledge the inapplicability of “facial invalidity” claims on forfeitures based on violations of this Policy.

According to that policy and the NFL’s CBA, and judging by Gilbert’s newest contract’s signing bonus and since-written contract restructures, it appears as though he stands to have to repay the Steelers as much as $766,706, which is 4/17ths of his 2017 bonus proration amount of $3,258,500.

So, when will the Steelers receive salary cap credit for the repaid prorated bonus amounts? According to former NFL agent Joel Corry, the salary cap credit will come when the bonus money is actually collected from Gilbert or deducted from his future salary payments. In summation that credit isn’t likely to hit the Steelers books until sometime during the offseason at the earliest.

In total, Gilbert stands to lose as much as 1,707,882 as a result of him testing positive recently for a banned substance.

  • CP72

    Wow that’s a pretty good chunk of change. Gonna need every dime next year if you’re gonna give Lev Bell 14 million per….

  • Applebite

    …I’ll just refrain from making jokes about Bell benefiting from Gilbert’s opening wallet.

  • William Weaver

    I don’t think so but does anyone think the Steelers move on from Gilbert and resign the younger Hubbard? Could you trade Gilbert. Like I said, I don’t think they will but worth a mention.

  • William Weaver

    Would you give him 15? Or draft a guy to team up with Conner?

  • Joey

    Not my original comment,

    But I would. I would front load the contract and have it average out to 15 a year. With stipulations in place toward the back end.

  • William Weaver

    He wants 15 and no less I bet. I wouldn’t. Edit: Super Bowl MVP might change my opinion

  • Eric Mack

    No. You need 3 good tackles. Steelers have that very affordably.

  • stan

    Heck yes. I don’t think there’s any question we franchise him next year for $14M. The only way we wouldn’t is if he suffers a serious injury (knock on wood).

  • Eric Mack

    Not me. Hes great. But RBs come and go too fast and the smart money says hes probably in the back half of his prime.

  • William Weaver

    Hubbard will be a free agent after season

  • kev4heels

    I’m not so sure about that. Unless you plan to trade him with the FT applied, I wouldn’t do it. Someone will give a 1st rounder for the best RB in football and give him the 15mil per season he is looking for. It just won’t be in the burgh.

  • kev4heels

    No way IMO. Gilbert is REALLY good. He made a mistake and will face the consequences.
    Hubbard isn’t half the RT Gilbert is.

  • William Weaver

    Agree Gilbert is by far better and that I wouldn’t do it but age, risk, $ and Hubbard’s upside made me curious

  • Jack Hambert

    Sure, we did that with Martavis Bryant on his first offense. Oh wait, no it was the second offense. No wait, we didn’t move on from Martavis at all…

  • Jack Hambert

    Sorry it was Leveon Bell we did that with. Oh, wait…

  • capehouse

    Wow for a guy that already wasn’t happy with his contract that’s just going to add salt to the wound. I imagine he’ll be pretty vocal about his contract situation in the offseason.

  • William Weaver

    I said I wouldn’t. Lol

  • NW86

    Yes, but I doubt it would cost too much to resign him as the swing tackle. I could be wrong, or things could change if he plays really well the next 4 weeks, but it’s not like he is a high pedigree guy or has gotten a lot of national attention. Right now I would think he could be signed for like $2M/season.

  • Doug Andrews

    Off the subject but Gilbert’s contract is a steal for a Pro bowl caliber Rt Tackle.

  • treeher

    That’s too much. Punishment does not fit the crime.

  • heath miller

    sure is ,, id guess double that

  • heath miller

    lol… great photo too cpl agarn

  • heath miller

    STOPPPPPPPPPPPPP im dying laughing here .. please stop