The Pittsburgh Steelers have been counting every penny this year due to the salary cap. The Steelers have around $90,000 in cap room at this time. The Steelers look to be in shape to finish signing their draft picks; running back Le’Veon Bell and Jarvis Jones, who still have not signed with the team following the 2013 NFL Draft. On Saturday, the Steelers should have a bit more money to spend.
Ranked in the top tier of NFL teams with the smallest amount of salary-cap space, the Steelers have been waiting for June 1. The Steelers released guard Willie Colon in March. If they would have cut Colon before that date, his $1.2 million salary would have counted against the team’s cap this season and taken that number off the books altogether in 2014. By waiting to make the official cut after the June designations, Colon’s $4.3 million will not be assessed to the Steelers until 2014. That frees up $5.5 million (the team will spread the cap hit over two years instead of one).
In the AFC North, possibly the toughest division in 2013, the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals are all trying to get their signings done while keeping an eye on the salary cap. For the Ravens, who are around $1.76 million under the cap, their goal is to sign two of their own draft picks; defensive tackle Brandon Williams and safety Matt Elam. The Bengals and Browns are way under the cap at $20 million and $31 million respectively.
(salary cap information source: ESPN)
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