Heyward restructures contract to help Steelers salary cap

Team likely will do the same with another or multiple players

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – It’s a time honored way of creating cap room and the Steelers have begun making the adjustments for this year.

Fresh off a new 4-year, $65.5 million contract at the start of last season, Steelers defensive captain Cam Heyward has moved money. Heyward’s roster bonus and base salary converted into a signing bonus, which creates about $7 million in cap room per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Steelers are getting close to compliance with the salary cap for next season.  They likely will restructure another contract or two.

There are two big questions—we know the salary cap floor is $180 million, but we don’t yet know the exact number for the ceiling.

The other one is Ben Roethlisberger-if he returns, they likely will sign him to a new contract so they could defer some of the 19 million still owed him if he remains with the team in 2021.