The Pittsburgh Steelers spent most of the week maneuvering to get under the 2014 NFL salary cap. On Friday, they finished the process. However, the way they accomplished it was different than what many expected. Ike Taylor's contact, the team went a different direction. Instead, they reworked wide receiver Antonio Brown's contact, and in the process, they left those large contacts on the table to potentially add some players once the free agent signing period begins in four days.
For Brown, this was the second time the team has approached him to renegotiate his contact. This time, they turned $5.2 million of his scheduled $6 million salary info a signing bonus, freeing $3.9 million in salary cap space for 2014. The Steelers have Brown under contract through 2017 and will see $1.3 million in additional salary cap charges added over the final three years of the deal.
With this restructuring, the Steelers should now have some wiggle room in the next few days. From the outside, this is an amazing accomplishment considering they were almost $16 million over the cap early in the week. Now, not only are they in compliance, they still have some areas available to free up cap space for 2014 and beyond.
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