The Pittsburgh Steelers got a bonus from the NFL this week, adding a little cushion to their 2018 expenses.
The offseason is going to be tight money wise for the Pittsburgh Steelers as they plan to sign Le’Veon Bell to a long-term deal. Already reconstructing two major contracts and most likely releasing some cap casualties before the end of the offseason, they’ll use every penny they can to get out of the summer in the right direction.
Heading into the season, though, they’ll get a little extra cash to spend. The NFL Players Association has awarded Pittsburgh an extra $4,041,060 in roll-over salary cap space, ranking 20th in the league.
This adds some breathing room for the Steelers as they try to bring back every player they could while also filling voids. As a team hunting for a Super Bowl this season, they’ll use every dime they get to complete their roster.
Pittsburgh’s official offseason moves could still go anywhere. For now, everyone is assuming they’ll ink Bell to a deal and use their draft picks to fill voids at inside linebacker and safety, likely releasing Mike Mitchell in the process.
Whether or not this all pans out won’t be known until after the draft. Bell wants money, Pittsburgh doesn’t have the money, and because of it everything is still wide open. Even if early indications point to them finding a way to get the deal done, you never know if they’ll be able to.
The extra money helps, though. Pittsburgh is going to utilize this as much as possible, and could very well use it to ink an inside linebacker at some point outside the draft.
It’s going to be an exciting offseason in the Steel City. Anything is possible and this extra cash just means they have more options to work with.