Steelers change Ryan Shazier’s contract to pay him most of his salary upfront

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Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier will not play this season as he continues to recover from a serious spinal injury, but the Steelers are making sure Shazier is well cared for.

The Steelers have changed Shazier’s contract to pay him most of this year’s salary in advance, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Shazier had been due a base salary of $8.718 million, but the Steelers changed his deal to pay him an $8.26 million signing bonus immediately. He’ll receive the rest as salary over the course of the season.

This will be the last year on Shazier’s contract. His 2018 salary was always fully guaranteed for injury, but the Steelers didn’t want him to have to wait to receive it.

Despite concerns that he could be paralyzed for life when he was stretchered off the field in December, Shazier walked across the stage last week at the NFL draft. Although he needs assistance walking, he has made significant progress in recovery.

55 responses to “Steelers change Ryan Shazier’s contract to pay him most of his salary upfront

  1. great job steel city…I just hope he gets the idea of playing again out of his head for his own good!

    his family would be soo distraught if he suited up again

  2. Class act. Understand he was going to get the salary, but accelerating the payment will undoubtedly help. We need more of this, and not just in football.

  3. It’s a business move, pure and simple… So, say a 7th round draft pick making peanuts, has the same life altering injury during a preseason game. Are they going to pay him 8 million dollars. I doubt it. This was orchestrated from the offices in NY…. with that said, I really do wish him the best, this is a young man in his prime.

  4. They stayed with Sean Spence for two years, you don’t think they’ll do the same for Ryan Shazier? His contract will toll in the same way that Martavis Bryant’s contract did, albeit for an injury rather than a suspension. That means he’ll get next year at the same salary he got this year.

    The Steelers will stick with him next year, too. Damn straight they will. Maybe he makes it back, or maybe he’ll never play again, but Pittsburgh has made it very clear he’s not going anywhere.

    Go Steelers!

  5. 700levelvet says:

    May 3, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    It’s a business move, pure and simple… So, say a 7th round draft pick making peanuts, has the same life altering injury during a preseason game. Are they going to pay him 8 million dollars. I doubt it. This was orchestrated from the offices in NY…. with that said, I really do wish him the best, this is a young man in his prime.

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    a 7th rd pick wouldn’t be making that type of money to begin with so its apples to oranges

  6. Just a cap saving move that happens to work out for both sides. I don’t blame them.

  7. tedbundysson says:
    May 3, 2018 at 2:00 pm
    Class move by the Steelers. Too bad it had to be publicized.

    But then you wouldn’t have had anything to gripe about. and yes, it was the right thing to do and I’m glad we all know. SO much negative pres out there it’s nice to hear something positive.

  8. Typical grandstanding by cheating Mikey T and the Steelers.

    They had to pay him anyway and just wanted some good press after years of tripping and closet stories

  9. It’s a business move, pure and simple… So, say a 7th round draft pick making peanuts, has the same life altering injury during a preseason game. Are they going to pay him 8 million dollars. I doubt it. This was orchestrated from the offices in NY…. with that said, I really do wish him the best, this is a young man in his prime.

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    His contract stated he was to make $8M and it was guaranteed for injury….Pittsburgh HAS to pay him that much, all they did was accelerate the payment. The 7th rounder making peanuts you referred to would make whatever his contract stipulated.

  10. I’m sure it has EVERYTHING to do with being able to cut him post-June 1st and spread the cap hit out over a couple of years.

  11. @eazeback

    In your eyes 7th round draft pick is not worth as much as a 2nd round draft pick? As human beings? You’ve priced them?

  12. Do you actually think that nfl owners are willing to walk away with a 8 million dollar loss, without some positive press? These organizations cut good players, to save a million,million .5. This is no mercy mission,

  13. It doesn’t effect the cap despite what people are writing here. He had one year left in which he was going to be paid anyways. They just moved it up so he can get the money now. Don’t get all the negative comments.

    He won’t ever play again. No team will clear him. Hope he saves his money and can recover well enough to enjoy the rest of his life.

  14. Contract guaranteed for injury dumbass

    —-700levelvet says:

    May 3, 2018 at 2:07 pm
    It’s a business move, pure and simple… So, say a 7th round draft pick making peanuts, has the same life altering injury during a preseason game. Are they going to pay him 8 million dollars. I doubt it. This was orchestrated from the offices in NY…. with that said, I really do wish him the best, this is a young man in his prime.——

  15. I dont know how or most importantly why anyone would paint this any other way then a really classy and compassionate move by the Steelers.

    I hope he never sets foot on field again because with the limited medical knowledge I have I just dont want to see a tragedy happen. I would bet the Steelers will find him a job in the organisation as and when he is up to the task.

    Good luck Ryan, this Patriots fan is rooting for you!

  16. @700levelvet
    Do you even read your comments before you submit them…
    Huge Raiders fan and I hate the Steelers but all I can say is I have a lot of respect for their organization after reading this article. Get well soon Ryan.

  17. but the Steelers are making sure Shazier is well cared for.
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    nice move by the Steelers and obviously no problem with it whatsoever BUT I would hope he’d be “well cared for” even without the money, like 100% no deductible, no copay, everything needed covered cared for – if not then that union really is a joke.

  18. I’ve been surprised they didn’t do a multi-year deal. Give him his guaranteed money this year as a signing bonus, then have a few years with heavy incentives and bonuses. And it lets them spread out the cap hit.

  19. Nothing positive here. I bet they are obligated to pay him anyway. The Steelers are a disgusting organization and wouldn’t pay him a dime unless they had to and this makes them look good – like a cake of maggots with delicious frosting.

  20. Never been a Steelers fan, but the Rooney family and the Steelers have shown a good deal of class over the years.

    I can’t see how folks can read this and still knock the Steelers for it.

  21. Shazier’s recovery is touching everybody. I wouldn’t be surprised if his story becomes a movie one day. He’s Buckeye Tough.

    It was cool seeing him at the Buckeyes spring game, and how he went out his way to let the next Buckeye great LB Baron Browning know that he recognized his skills.

  22. tedbundysson says:

    May 3, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Class move by the Steelers. Too bad it had to be publicized.

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    Well seeing that it would have to be finalize with the league, so it has to be made public information. Just like all contract restructures and signing bonuses given out are made public information.

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