Jun 11, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons (94) gestures during drills in minicamp at the UPMC Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency: Pittsburgh Steelers Could Restructure Lawrence Timmons' Contract

With the Pittsburgh Steelers still needing to make major upgrades at multiple positions on the field, money once again is becoming an object.

Dec 29, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons (94) looks on from the sidelines against the Cleveland Browns during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 20-7. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Steelers currently have the least salary cap room of any team in the league at just over $1 million.

With the dire need to sign at least one running back and other holes to fill, the Steelers have to find a way to create more cap room.

Enter Lawrence Timmons.

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers could free up $3.8 million in available cap room if they were to restructure the linebacker’s contract.

That could prove helpful to improve in the backfield as the Steelers could be down to their last option when former New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount is scheduled to make a visit on Friday.

Timmons, 27, is entering the third year of his six-year, $50 million contract that included an $11 million guaranteed. His base salary for the 2014 season is $6.75 million and he has the third-highest cap figure of any player on the team at $11,816,250.

Last year, Timmons appeared in all 16 games for the Steelers and totaled 126 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a recovery. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 25 inside linebacker in the league.

The Steelers are running out of options to restructure contracts and free up cap room, which makes Timmons the most logical candidate.

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  • Carl Eagan

    The practice of restructuring contracts is what put the Steeler’s in this mess and causing more problems in the future isn’t dealing with the problem. An extension makes more sense to get them back fiscally.

  • Louis Goetz

    Restructuring Timmons contract clearly wasn’t necessary as they were able to sign Blount without mortgaging more of the future. Additionally, the Steelers can free up cap space without doing additional harm. Right now Jason Worilds is counting more than $9M against the cap. All the Steelers have to do is workout a long term deal with the Transition Tagged OLB and an immediate $4M – $5M in cap space can be realized. But even if that can’t be done until the summer, there’s no urgency. Come June 2, $8M in cap space comes available when the Woodley cut becomes official. That’s more than enough room to sign the rookie class and establish their reserve. If the Steelers extend Ben, workout a long term deal with Worilds and wait until June 2, they could easily be around $16,000,000 UNDER the cap when the season starts. Wouldn’t it be nice if the Steelers weren’t up against the cap for once?