Steelers create cap space, possibly for Le’Veon Bell deal

Getty Images

The Steelers and running back Le'Veon Bell have set an artificial deadline of February 20 for negotiating a long-term contract. Whether Bell gets a multi-season deal or another one-year franchise tender, the Steelers have created extra cap space, which will make it easier to keep him.

Simple restructurings of the contracts of guard David DeCastro and defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt created $13.26 million in cap space for 2018, according to Field Yates of ESPN.com.

The Steelers accomplished the maneuver by converting all 2018 compensation for both players, with the exception of their minimum salaries, to signing bonuses.

The extra $13.26 million in cap space now means that an extra $13.26 million will apply to the team’s cap in future years.

Application of the franchise tag to Bell will cost $14.52 million for 2018, due to the rule that guarantees him a 20-percent raise over his $12.1 million cap number from 2017.

23 responses to “Steelers create cap space, possibly for Le’Veon Bell deal

  1. 20th ranked rushing game with an RB making $12 mil. Eagles top 3 while not having a single RB with a cap hit over $900K.

    Bell is obviously a nice player, but one man running shows pushing the boundaries of QB money just aren’t part of a winning formula these days. I understand it’s tough to walk away from a talent like that, but there’s a lot of room for error in the kind of commitment Bell is demanding.

    Seems like one of those guys who will always be better at winning you a Fantasy League Championship before a real life one.

  2. I think the Steelers are going the DeMarco Murray route. Overuse him and when he’s ready to break down let some other schmuck ruin their salary cap as you watch him break down.

    This coming year will probably be Bell’s last as a Steeler and he’ll get 400+ touches again.

    DeMarco Murray is only 29 and will be lucky to get a time share next year. He looked done this year but the coaching staff refused to accept it.

  3. It’s great that they want to spend a boatload of money to keep Bell. He’s a great player but how bout spending some cash to beef up that Swiss cheese defense.

  4. Converting salary to signing bonuses?! Uh oh. Looks like Pittsburgh is trying to make one final run with Ben. They are going be in salary cap jail soon…the Raiders and Cowboys had the same problem recently

  5. The cap hell boo birds are sitting on their perches again and have been doing this for years as the Steelers continued sucess continues. Second most wins to the Pats since 2000. Wake up Francis facts don’t lie.

  6. Nofoolnodrool says:
    February 11, 2018 at 10:22 am
    The cap hell boo birds are sitting on their perches again and have been doing this for years as the Steelers continued sucess continues. Second most wins to the Pats since 2000. Wake up Francis facts don’t lie.
    ——————

    Its amusing what Steelers fans are willing to settle for and call it success.

  7. Its amusing what Steelers fans are willing to settle for and call it success.
    ______________________________________________________________________________
    Success in Pittsburgh means winning superbowls (6 tops in the league)!!! Something the cheetahs didn’t accomplish this year and won’t anytime in the near future.

  8. In 2 years they will be in cap hell but can get out if Ben retires/is released. He’ll be 37 then.

    They’re all on in this year. Run Bell into the ground then cut him loose win or lose. This is the last year of the killer Bs, one way or another.

  9. Love how the Steeler fans totally dismiss their abysmal performance vs NE over the last 17 years.

    Especially when it matters, in the postseason. 1 win, 4 losses, 3 of them in AFCCG’s.

  10. Success in Pittsburgh means winning superbowls (6 tops in the league)!!! Something the cheetahs didn’t accomplish this year and won’t anytime in the near future.
    ___________________

    Yeah, and something no team will ever accomplish with $15 mil of cap tied up in one running back

  11. Bell is a cancer. But then again, more than half of the them (including the head coach) fits that narrative.

  12. Funny how people who have no idea how the Steelers operate are criticizing the move to restructure. We’ve done it for years and when have we “had to” cut someone because of the cap??

  13. steelcurtainn says:
    February 11, 2018 at 11:27 am
    Its amusing what Steelers fans are willing to settle for and call it success.
    ______________________________________________________________________________
    Success in Pittsburgh means winning superbowls (6 tops in the league)!!! Something the cheetahs didn’t accomplish this year and won’t anytime in the near future.

    ————————-
    Exactly! Success in Pittsburgh means still living vicariously through things that happened in the 70s. Thats the part about it thats amusing.

  14. ————————-
    Exactly! Success in Pittsburgh means still living vicariously through things that happened in the 70s. Thats the part about it thats amusing.

    4 2 Rate This

    Almost 40 years ago we won 4. And yet we are still alone on top. What has taken everyone so long to catch up

  15. Bell is getting old and tired. All that flash from last year is gone. I hope the Steelers give him everything he wants and more. They will be burning in cap hell.

  16. wmnf says:
    February 11, 2018 at 12:03 pm
    Love how the Steeler fans totally dismiss their abysmal performance vs NE over the last 17 years.

    Especially when it matters, in the postseason. 1 win, 4 losses, 3 of them in AFCCG’s.
    ————————————————————————————–

    Make 3 AFCCGs and people call you a failure. Please take this routine on the road, you’ll sell out. Just to remind people, we also made 8 Super Bowls and lost 2. Another complete and abject failure!

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!