Timmons has four years left on his current deal and is set to make $5.375 million in 2013. The team could convert some of that salary — Bouchette suggests $4 million — into a bonus that would save them money now while spreading out the remaining cap hit over the remainder of the contract. Timmons wouldn’t lose any money or add any years under such a scenario
Bouchette theorizes that the timing of the restructures might mean the team wants to have money available to sign wide receiver Steve Breaston when he visits the team on Thursday or Friday. Whether or not they sign Breaston, the Steelers will need cap space this offseason. It seems Timmons will be part of the process of creating it.