I listened to a good podcast over the weekend in relation to the Steelers Cap situation for the upcoming season. It’s the BTSC podcast hosted by Lance Williams, he had a special guest Ian Whetstone who I hadn’t heard of, he was very knowledgeable about the cap and is a Steelers fan. It’s well worth an hour of your time to listen to but some takeaways: Steelers have under $2m in cap space as things stand assuming the cap increases by approximately $10m They need $8m - $9m to re-sign their restricted free agents, Hilton, Feiler and Banner, none of whom they can afford to lose imo They also need $3m - $4m to sign their rookie draft class They need to keep up to $5m approx free for injury cover and other emergencies Ability to restructure contracts is severely hampered this off season due to the 30% rule, total savings is estimated at $10m if they restructure everyone they feasibly can No post June cuts this year, everyone cut will count against the 2020 cap barring a new CBA being agreed beforehand (unlikely) Foster and Chickillo are virtually certain to be cut saving $9m Watt will need to be paid this off season or next at the latest, he will be looking to be the highest paid defensive player in football, north of $20m per year In relation to free agents, they felt that Hargrave and Finney are almost certainly gone, they simply can not afford to keep them unfortunately Bud can be kept but there really isn’t any way to do it without cutting Barron & McDonald, and probably Alualu, all of whom play a lot of first team snaps. Losing McDonald in particular would be very hard to take given that Vannett is also a FA. They would be down to Gentry as the starter. You could draft somebody but rookie TE’s are not generally impact players and if you sign Bud you can forget about any other free agency moves I think there is a feeling among some fans that the Steelers always figure these things out, but they are in a really tough spot here imo. They have stated that Bud is their number one priority this off season but some of the cuts required to keep him are going to really hurt the team. At this point my preference is to cut Foster and Chick, re-sign their RFA’s and rookies and generally stabilise the roster. I think I’d let Bud walk away and try to pick up a more affordable free agent. Some very difficult choices to make and not enough money to go around. It’s going to be an interesting off season on the business end of things.