Steelers cut Donte Moncrief, gain compensatory pick

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The Steelers obviously made a mistake when they signed wide receiver Donte Moncrief to a two-year, $9 million contract this offseason: Moncrief has managed just four catches for 18 yards so far this season. But give the Steelers credit for not compounding the mistake by costing themselves a compensatory draft pick.

The Steelers have released Moncrief today, which will be big for them in the 2020 NFL draft.

That’s because the NFL’s complex compensatory pick formula awards extra picks to teams that lose more free agents than they sign — with the caveat that players who last less than 10 weeks with their new teams don’t count toward the compensatory pick allocation.

In the Steelers’ case, the signing of Moncrief would have cost them a third-round compensatory pick for losing running back Le'Veon Bell. But because Moncrief has now been released before Week 10, the third-round pick for Bell is expected to go back to the Steelers.

Moncrief leaves having already made $4.3 million from the Steelers. Not bad for four catches. At least the Steelers get their compensatory pick back.

39 responses to “Steelers cut Donte Moncrief, gain compensatory pick

  1. Wouldn’t it be funny if he found his way to New England and somehow managed to be successful? I think it would….:)

  2. 1 million per catch.
    4 catches, 18 yards, 4.3 mil.
    Not even enough yards combined to make 2 first downs.
    That’s like the failed CEO’s golden parachute deals you read about.

    I love football, but I am starting to question whats up in life when people get paid 4 million for stuff like this.

  3. So if history repeats itself, whoever signs him will win the SB… lol

    He needed to go… Steeler nation was done with this man after week 1… That being said… NE prolly picks him up! lol

  4. I worked for oner 50 years and never earned $4 million. And never filed for bankruptcy like he will!

  5. There’s no way Moncrief ends up with the Patriots. We got a full look at his laziness and lack of hustle in Jacksonville last year, now Pittsburgh has seen it too. He’s beyond terrible.

  6. re thefeisty1 either you didnt have a highly specific set of skills like every NFL player does and that industry is wildly popular, ie websites like PFT or you worked for the wrong guy

  7. Hard core Steelers fan knew this was coming. He dropped a bunch of passes and we need that comp pick.

  8. dickshotdogs says:
    November 2, 2019 at 4:15 pm
    Wouldn’t it be funny if he found his way to New England and somehow managed to be successful? I think it would….:)
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    Yea just as successful as AB and Josh Gordon.

  9. The compensatory pick formula is very difficult. But they certainly were not forfeiting a 3rd round pick with the signing on Moncrief. The contract value wouldnt have warranted that, nor did his play on the field. Maybe a 6th round compensatory pick, but Moncrief was not the equivalent of Bell. It impacts the comp pick formula but not to the extent stated here.

  10. That was funny about dropping his walking papers. 🙂 It’s odd though, Moncrief had some pretty impressive numbers, while playing with primarily inexperienced or lesser QB’s in his time with Indy and Jax. He was expected to do big things with the Steelers, and he and Big Ben talked about the connection they already had in camp and preseason. Really turned out to be a dud!

  11. You have to have it mentally to stay in the NFL, even if you have lots of physical ability. I remember midway through his time in Indy, he’d make a meaningless first down catch in a game when they were losing by 3 TD’s, and he’d get up and start pointing, while the rest of the guys were trying to get lined up in a hurry up offense. His head was just isn’t in the game. You can’t coach a guy that can’t concentrate of football for 3 hours.

  12. 3.5 million was guaranteed. His salary and bonus for this year was 3.3 mil. Not sure how the other 200K works in.

    Nevertheless, he does not need to do the once in a career take the full years salary deal.

    Please explain 4.3, unless someone did the math based on games and 9 mil because his contract was rear loadeMd, not evenly spread out.

    I could be wrong but his contract looks like 4th grade math to me. Maybe 3rd…

  13. Colbert has been abysmal of late overall. He used to be really good at securing quality offensive talent, but his fatal flaw has been ignoring maturity in the players.

  14. Last I checked, Gordon DOES have a SB ring despite playing only 11 games with the Pats, something that AB was unable to accomplish in 130 games with the once proud and now failing Steelers. So good. So good.
    **************
    He was gifted a SB ring because the Pats were gracious. I’m sure he’s really proud of it. At least he’ll be able to pawn it in a few years.

  15. tylawspick6 says:
    November 2, 2019 at 7:06 pm
    Colbert has been abysmal of late overall. He used to be really good at securing quality offensive talent, but his fatal flaw has been ignoring maturity in the players.

    1 4 Rate This

    Juju, Conner, and Watt would like to have a chat with you

  16. I knew he was a loser when they signed him. I was actually furious. They tried to replace Brown with Juju, who is a WR 2 and not yet a 1 and I knew that. I even emailed the team to warn them, but I am nobody. Yet I knew. I also would have either ponied up and signed Bell, or traded Bell for the Giants pick (said it before the draft) and drafted Barkley. I’d have made Brown play for us or sit home until we got an unbelievable deal for him. I yelled a LOT when they signed this idiot, like they were going to be OK with that! I also predicted the Steelers would be lucky to win 6 games this year. Looks like 6 or less will be the total wins. I should be GM because I, like many other people would be much better than Colbert the Clown.

  17. when Andy Luck was his QB he played pretty good…don’t why he can’t play well with some other than Luck…

  18. backintheday99 says:
    November 2, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Please explain 4.3, unless someone did the math based on games and 9 mil because his contract was rear loadeMd, not evenly spread out.

    His signing bonus was $3.5M. His salary this year was $1.5M. I think what they did was added half of this year’s salary ($750K) and his signing bonus to come up with $4.25M and rounded it up to $3M. While technically he has only earned half this year’s salary, he will get the full amount since he was on the roster for the first game. SO in reality, he’ll end up with $5M for this year. The Steelers will take a cap his of $1.75M for cutting him but will save $4M next year ($3.5M salary and $500k roster bonus).

  19. tylawspick6 says:
    November 2, 2019 at 9:27 pm
    Juju, Conner, and Watt would like to have a chat with you

    11 2 Rate This

    ————

    Yeah, such great players. lmao

    3 6 Rate This

    They are, aren’t they? Something I agree with you on 🙂

  20. tylawspick6 says:
    November 2, 2019 at 9:27 pm
    Juju, Conner, and Watt would like to have a chat with you

    11 2 Rate This

    ————

    Yeah, such great players. lmao

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    Yeah because that turnstile Newhouse BB picked up is looking all-pro

  21. Will never understand the fascination with Pro Athletes compensation. Why talk about their $? The money they make or could have made or will lose because of x,y or z.

    It has no impact on me whatsoever. Teams will pay or not pay what they want to based on their own policies. End of story. I watch for the entertainment not for the accounting

  22. Colbert has been abysmal of late overall. He used to be really good at securing quality offensive talent, but his fatal flaw has been ignoring maturity in the players.

    Ya BB found that in AB……you have no clue about football talent . I suggest you stick to be CEO of the Parking garage.

  23. So you sign a player to a mega deal, find out he sucks and cut him to get a comp pick back? Doesn’t seem right, you still signed him.

  24. It has no impact on me whatsoever. Teams will pay or not pay what they want to based on their own policies. End of story. I watch for the entertainment not for the accounting

    I guess you must be the hit of every part you attend with your warm heart and cherry outlook……like the happy undertaker.

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