Found May 01, 2013 on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:
A fan asked me how the Pittsburgh Steelers can keep making signings when they have very little cap space left. For instance the Steelers signed Former-Pitt running back Larod Stephens-Howling, who played with Todd Haley in Arizona, to a contract with a $620,000 cap hit when they only had about $650,000 in cap space. Following that move they drafted nine players, signed 15 undrafted rookie free agents and yesterday they signed veteran punter Brian Moorman. How is that possible? Well, it all comes down to the rule of 51. NFL teams’ salary caps are only based on the top 51 paid players on their team. That means right now when the Steelers have 90 players on their roster 39 of them do not count against the salary cap. When the season starts they will finalize their 53-man roster and at that point two players will still not count against the final salary cap for the 2013 NFL season. So when the Steelers signed Larod Stephens-Howling prior to the second day of the NFL Draft they added $71...
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