Steelers make first move, restructure Heyward

Steelers make first move, restructure Heyward
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 30: Cameron Heyward #97 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on September 30, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) (Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH — Despite the retirements of Maurkice Pouncey and Vance McDonald and the announcement that the 2021 salary cap floor had been raised to $180 million, the Steelers still find themselves over the cap.

That has led to plenty of speculation regarding the team releasing players in salary cap-related moves.

But Monday, the Steelers made a move of a different kind to create some cap space, restructuring the contract of defensive tackle Cam Heyward. The move, first reported by Ian Rapoport, creates an additional $7 million in cap space by converting a portion of Heyward’s $4.5 million base salary and a $6 million roster bonus he was due into signing bonus.

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