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Saturday, September 13, 2008

A couple of restructures

The Steelers have restructured the contracts of nose tackle Casey Hampton and defensive end Brett Keisel according to some research dug up by capologist Ian Whetstone.

The Steelers converted $2 million of Hampton's 2008 salary and $1.85 million of Keisel's salary into signing bonuses spread out over this year's and next year's caps.

The moves would cut Hampton's cap number this year from $6,377,083 to $5,377,083, and bumps next year's number from $5,652,084 to $6,652,084. Keisel's 2008 number drops from $4,072,500 to $3,147,500, and next year's gets bumped from $4,072,500 to $4,997,500.

That frees up $3 million or so in cap space this year for the team. Part of that money may have gone to James Farrior's new deal.

The move also shows that the team is happy with both Hampton and Keisel. That's a big statement for Hampton, in particular, after he banged heads in training camp over his weight with head coach Mike Tomlin.


BoJangles said...

This is good news. I'm also hoping we break tradition and lock some of our o lineman up during the season. I just can't see our line even being decent losing Faneca, Kemo and Smith in back to back years. Dale, what do you think is in store for the future of our o line?

Dale Lolley said...

I think they'll likely resign Marvel. They'll go after Essex for sure. Kemoeatu could be tough because of his age and they won't want to give him big money.
Starks is gone.