The Pittsburgh Steelers are roughly $16 million over the 2013 salary cap and will need key players to restructure their existing deals to help provide relief.
GM Kevin Colbert has his hands full trying to figure out who is going to stay, go, or redo their deals. Two players who will help in gaining some cap relief is Ben Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu, prime candidates to have their deals reworked.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, that will be the tip of the iceberg.
La Canfora writes:
‘The Steelers are just a few million better off than the Eagles, themselves about $16 million over the cap, and they are bracing for a sweeping exodus of talent.
The team does not expect to bring stalwart but aging nose tackle Casey Hampton back, and are also likely to release linebacker James Harrison, who is set to make nearly $7 million this season. Safety Troy Polamalu and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will likely be restructured, again, while the Steelers do not expect to retain free-agent receiver Mike Wallace and running back Rashard Mendenhall.’