Feb 20, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert speaks during a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers: What Wednesday’s Flurry Of Moves Means Going Forward


Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert certainly earned his paycheck on Wednesday.

The Steelers flurry of moves included re-signing safety Will Allen, signing both tight end Heath Miller and safety Troy Polamalu to contact extensions, and the releases of linebacker Larry Foote, cornerback Curtis Brown and offensive tackle Levi Brown.

Dec 15, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu (43) stands on the field against the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 30-20. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

But after all of the cost-cutting moves, where do the Steelers stand?

They’re in a much better spot, but nowhere near where they need to be.

After all the moves, which also included having outside linebacker Jason Worilds sign his $9.754 million transition tag, the Steelers are barely in compliance with the salary cap, which will be at $133 million in 2014.

According to ESPN, the Steelers are a shade over $133 million in regard to the salary cap though that total doesn’t include Allen’s new deal since Pittsburgh has yet to make that official.

So while Wednesday was a very productive day for Colbert, he still has a ton of work to do if the Steelers plan to make any improvements via free agency. Cobert also must free up money in order to sign draft picks.

The good news is that Colbert cut a lot of money without having to make any tough cuts.

Those could come in the upcoming days as decisions must still be made on outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley and cornerback Ike Taylor.

A contract extension for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would also help a great deal, but it oddly doesn’t appear that anything is currently in the works on that front.

However, while they are very close to being cap compliant, that is not really the case when you consider that at the bare minimum the Steelers need to sign a defensive end, wide receiver and running back. Whether or not the Steelers go outside the organization or look to re-sign one of their own free agents, they still have to create the necessary cap space to do so.

So while Colbert has certainly been a busy man, is work is nowhere near complete as free agency is set to begin on Tuesday, March 11.


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  • [email protected]

    “The Steelers need to sign a defensive end, wide receiver, and running back”. Matt, don’t forget about getting a stud CB, their most glaring and serious need. Like you said, if Ike is gone we are down to just two CBs and one of them is Willie Gay, LOL!!!!

  • Craig

    I don’t think the cap situation is as dire as it appears. I believe the Steelers will remove the transition tag from Worilds and sign him to a long term deal that will be lower than $9.7 mil in 2014 – all before March 11th deadline. Probably a big bonus that will get spread out and back loaded since the cap is supposed to increase again in 2015 and 2016.