All offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers were faced with a dilemma with their salary cap, and the problem has prevented the organization from seeking big-time free agents. In order to make ends meet, the Steelers severed ties with a number of key veterans and restructured a few contracts of current players just to get under the cap before the league’s deadline.
However, Pittsburgh did manage to have enough money to match an offer by the New England Patriots to retain wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. Furthermore, they also were able add some versatility to their backfield by signing free agent running back LaRod Stephens-Howling.
Now the Steelers will be getting some more much-needed money towards their cap. On June 1st, Pittsburgh will gain another $5.5 million. This will come as a result of their release of offensive lineman Willie Colon on March 13th.
Currently, the organization has approximately $90,000 in cap space. The $5.5 million that the Steelers will get this Saturday will allow general manager Kevin Colbert to sign rookies Jarvis Jones and Le’Veon Bell, their top two picks from this year’s draft, before training camp starts this summer.
In addition to getting deals done with Jones and Bell, there might be a remote chance of Pittsburgh pursuing free agent wide receiver Steve Breaston. Assuming that there is enough money to go around after signing both Jones and Bell, adding Breaston could make some of the older wide receivers on the roster expendable as well as add more youth to their receiving corps.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google