When Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert spoke to Pittsburgh media last week, he said that the team’s cap situation is “pretty good” relative to recent years and the retirement of tight end Heath Miller added some more money to the coffers.
Colbert also said that the team will look for remedies for players whose contracts are out of line with their production, including restructuring or terminating those deals. Some would put linebacker Lawrence Timmons in that group thanks to a $15.1 million cap hit and an $8.75 million salary.
Colbert met the media at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Wednesday and he didn’t make it sound like a move to remove Timmons from the roster was in the offing. Colbert called Timmons, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, a “valuable contributor” and suggested that the team wants him back as long as he’s under contract.
Timmons can remain under contract without costing $15.1 million against the cap, of course, so an attempt to lessen that burden could come before the start of the season. It’s the last year of Timmons’ deal, which leaves an extension as one possible way to keep Timmons on the roster while also bringing his cost in line with the team’s needs.