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Steelers Restructure Contracts of Gilbert, Mitchell and Pouncey

February 26, 2015
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Steelers Restructure Contracts of Gilbert, Mitchell and Pouncey

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At a time when they’re trying to do a big deal for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers did a smaller one to create a little more room.

According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Steelers restructured tackle Marcus Gilbert’s contract to create $3.724 million in cap space.

They did so by turning a $3.5 million roster bonus and $1.15 million of his salary into a signing bonus, pushing the hit down the road.

Of course, by the time that hits, they hope to have Roethlisberger’s deal done, which in a few years will necessitate swallowing some of the pills they’re creating for themselves now.

Tackle Marcus Gilbert isn’t the only Steelers player reworking his contract this offseason.

Per multiple reports, safety Mike Mitchell has also agreed to restructure his deal as the Steelers try to create more cap room for the 2015 season. Mitchell was due a $2 million roster bonus that will be converted into a signing bonus along with a portion of his salary in order to spread his cap hit out over the life of the five-year deal he signed last season.

Center Maurkice Pouncey is also expected to finalize a restructuring of his deal. He’s due a $3.75 million roster bonus and was set to count $8.1 million against the cap. Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Steelers are expected to clear a little less than $10 million from their 2015 cap as a result of the three moves.

That money could go toward a new deal for impending free agent linebacker Jason Worilds and the Steelers may make more moves, including a possible extension for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, that would free up further money.

 

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