Originally posted on Bleed Black & Gold  |  Last updated 2/16/12

With the Steelers still struggling to find cap room Rashard Mendenhall could be on the chopping block.  Mendenhall injured his ACL in week 17 against Cleveland.  He is expected to be put on the PUP list to start the season.  GM Kevin Colbert does not expect Mendenhall back at full strength for a year.  That would be the last week of the regular season next year.

Mendenhall is going into the last year of his contract though and the only charge to the salary cap would come this year to the Steelers.  Mendenhall would be owed just over $3.4 million on the 2012 salary cap.  The Steelers can cut that number down to around $1.1 million by releasing Mendenhall.  That would save the Steelers around $2.3 million in cap space that they desperately need.

If Mendenhall has a minimal chance of playing this season then even though it will cost us a compensatory pick next season it is the best way to go.  The Steelers need to stop restructuring and start releasing.  This will be the easiest one to complete.  Mendenhall is not a fan favorite and this being the last year of his contract and unable to play anyways Steelers fans will brush it off.

When it gets close to March 13th if the Steelers still need to remove some money do not be shocked to hear Mendenhall’s name as a cap casualty.

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