The Steelers continue their cap-clearing agenda by restructuring another contract. This time, the Steelers have restructured Alejandro Villanueva‘s contract, clearing $3.53 million in cap space for 2018.
NFL Free Agency begins on Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 PM EST. The Steelers probably won’t be big players in free agency, but could make a couple smaller moves to add depth, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
One move they could make is bringing back safety Mike Mitchell on a cheaper deal. The team cleared $5 million in cap space when they released Mitchell earlier this week. The safety position is the thinnest position on the team, so the Steelers don’t have the luxury of being too picky when it comes to adding quality players. Mitchell was subpar in coverage last year, but was one of the more sure tacklers on a defense that missed a lot of tackles.
The main reason the Steelers are making such efforts to clear cap room is supposedly because they are trying hard to hammer down a contract extension with star running back Le’Veon Bell. Bell was tagged with the franchise tag last week for the second straight season. If he were to play under the tag, it is worth $14.54 million.
Reportedly, Bell values himself as a number one running back and a number two receiver. While it’s murky to pinpoint a fixed number there, it would not be surprising if he’s demanding a salary north of $15 million per season.
As the Steelers continue through the offseason, LTS will be covering all the moves and news throughout. Follow us on twitter @LetsTalkSteeler.