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Fixing James Harrison’s cap number not as easy as it looks

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If the Steelers wanted to simply kick the salary-cap can down the road with linebacker James Harrison, they could do what they have done with multiple other players over the past two years.

They could convert most of Harrison’s $6.57 million compensation to a signing bonus, reduce his base salary to the league minimum, and spread the cap hit over multiple years, possibly with an extension that would give the Steelers more years over which to spread the cap hit.

But here’s the problem.  The Steelers apparently don’t want to pay Harrison $6.57 million this year, in any form.  They want to pay less, and the question is how much less would he take?

Then there’s the fact that the Steelers are creating future cap problems for themselves by pushing 2012 cap dollars into upcoming years.  At some point, it has to stop because, at some point, the Steelers are going to have to absorb the cap dollars that they keep finding a way to defer.

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18 Responses to “Fixing James Harrison’s cap number not as easy as it looks”
  1. bengalsstillsuck says: Mar 8, 2013 2:32 PM

    The empire has fallin the Steelers are done for the next decade there old and i see them suckin for a while sorry Steeler fans but its true.

  2. blackngold4life says: Mar 8, 2013 2:32 PM

    That last paragraph sums it up! Enough said

  3. ravenator says: Mar 8, 2013 2:43 PM

    There is no light at the end of the tunnel for this franchise. The sooner the fans come to this realization the easier it will be for them to watch the destruction take place.

    The restructuring of contracts has crippled this franchise. The best part is the fans who say they do this all the time while the real franchises, the one who know how to run a stable and sound organization i.e. Ravens, Patriots, Packers, etc., absolutely hate dead money.

    Welcome to reality Pittsburgh, your team just isn’t that good. Cheers!

  4. joshdh2687 says: Mar 8, 2013 2:49 PM

    bengalsstillsuck says:
    Mar 8, 2013 2:32 PM
    The empire has fallin the Steelers are done for the next decade there old and i see them suckin for a while sorry Steeler fans but its true.

    —————————————————-

    Yea they’re done, I guess it is impossible for them to get younger in the draft, while still having a good QB and a potent offense. But yea they should sell the team, move them to Los Angeles and start all over again.

  5. folkcrusader says: Mar 8, 2013 2:51 PM

    He’s still a good player, but he’s not a $6.5 million player. Unless of course he was a Cowboy, then he would be a $10 million player.

  6. bigdawg24 says: Mar 8, 2013 2:53 PM

    The Steelers are going to become the KC Chiefs & Jacksonville Jaguars.

  7. bigjdve says: Mar 8, 2013 2:56 PM

    what he doesn’t understand is that he isn’t worth the trouble he brings anymore.

  8. neepo13 says: Mar 8, 2013 3:29 PM

    joshdh2687

    Roethlisberger isn’t getting any younger and the injuries are beginning to pile up on him. He’s not going to be one of those players that plays well when he’s darn near 40. I give him a season or two, maybe 3 before we start to see a sharp decline in his play because of the beating his body has taken during his career.

  9. klutch14u says: Mar 8, 2013 3:31 PM

    Can’t they just borrow some money from China? Maybe someone can interrupt Obama’s golf game and see what he’d do.

  10. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 8, 2013 3:32 PM

    Don’t fear steeler nation we beat fan boys team with a third string QB last year we can do it again.

  11. bengalsstillsuck says: Mar 8, 2013 3:41 PM

    Remember the Niners after their 90s dynasty,they were in serious cap trouple amd cldnt rebuild that franchise intill 2 yrs ago,Steelers your done for a while.

  12. overratedsteelerhater says: Mar 8, 2013 4:07 PM

    yea! your giong to need that 3rd string QB
    to play linebacker..the money is drying up as
    fast as bens busted nose

  13. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 8, 2013 4:18 PM

    yea! your giong to need that 3rd string QB
    to play linebacker..the money is drying up as
    fast as bens busted nose

    Your analogy is about as sharp as your handle…but hey you are a raven fan which explains your inbred tendencies.
    Everybody can be replaced as your beloved slash will be this year…it’s not new happens every year.

  14. robrocker1959 says: Mar 8, 2013 8:37 PM

    “Then there’s the fact that the Steelers are creating future cap problems for themselves by pushing 2012 cap dollars into upcoming years. At some point, it has to stop because, at some point, the Steelers are going to have to absorb the cap dollars that they keep finding a way to defer.”

    Damn, sounds a lot like the Fed. Monkey see monkey do!

    Think about this…$16 trillion dollars. Since the birth of Christ that $21.9 million dollars a day, with no compounding interest. Scary huh?

  15. number20pick6 says: Mar 8, 2013 8:57 PM

    Typical steelers fans living in the past. Yes, batch beat us. So did cousins. Cassel probably should have but he’s terrible. We still won the Super Bowl so bring up all the past that you want, it doesn’t matter. Btw, I’d rather lose to any of those QBs instead of Tebow

  16. steelcurtainn says: Mar 8, 2013 9:36 PM

    There are some real imbeciles who post on this board. Some of the quotes”The empire is falling, no light at the end of the tunnel, the steelers are going to become the chiefs are just a few to mention. People say the same thing year after year for at least a decade(or more) and look like idiots the next year. Where are the steelers at the end, contending for at least a division or superbowl. What happenned the last time the steelers went 8-8, the next year, Playoffs. After 9-7, the next year….. playoffs. And its a possibility this year will be the same. Big Ben has never had a losing record. Its not that hard to understand folks. Jealousy at its finest, Hate all you want, but the steelers will be contending again as long as Big Bens at quarterback.

  17. DonRSD says: Mar 8, 2013 10:21 PM

    Refs cant save you from this one, STEAL-ers fans.
    Prepare for a decade of ‘lucky to reach 500 ball’ hhahahaha

  18. antibenapalooza says: Mar 9, 2013 7:07 AM

    Solution: get rid of Rottenberger! Then I can be a “Stillers” fan again, too.

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