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Steelers Contracts and Cuts

Anthony Defeo

For a third straight year, the Steelers' early offseason activities have been quite numerous, and Wednesday was no exception.

It was quite the newsworthy day for the Steelers on Wednesday, as they made several contract and roster maneuvers in-order to, once again, get in cap compliance.

Here's a list of the moves the Steelers made on Wednesday:

  • It was reported earlier in the week that the Steelers would extend the contract of veteran tight end Heath Miller in order to gain some much needed cap relief, and on Wednesday, it was announced that Miller is now signed through the 2016 season. As for that all-important 2014 cap relief, Miller's deal knocks his number down from nearly $9.5 million to just over $6.1 million, according to

  • Also on Wednesday, it was announced that legendary safety Troy Polamalu reached an agreement on a contract extension with Pittsburgh for $20 million over three years. According to, the deal reduces Polamalu's cap number in 2014 from $10.8 million to $6.3 million.

  • The Steelers shaved even more money off their cap number when they announced the releases of veteran linebacker Larry Foote, veteran left-tackle Levi Brown, and third year defensive back Curtis Brown. Foote tore his biceps in Week 1 and never played the rest of the season. As for Levi Brown, he was brought over in a trade with the Cardinals in October, but never played a down in Pittsburgh after suffering a serious arm injury in pre-game warm-ups in Week 6. The three moves free up an additional $8.5 million in cap space.

  • Believe it or not, the Steelers actually signed a player on Wednesday. It was reported by various sources that veteran safety Will Allen has re-signed with the team, though no terms of the deal were disclosed as of this writing.

With the Steelers still reportedly $3 million over the cap, and with the start of free agency next Tuesday, look for more moves to come, including perhaps the release of another veteran, such as cornerback Ike Taylor.

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So Heath and Troy will remain Steelers for now. Of course, as they eventually begin to slow down, we could see another Champ Bailey-type scenario in Pittsburgh...

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Yeah. I still think they need to go out and find the next Polamalu and/or Clark (easier said than done). Sharmako Thomas still comes with high hopes, but it remains to be seen if he has what it takes. 


The extensions were done for the cap number, more than anything. 

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