The Pittsburgh Steelers announced a huge move Monday to alleviate some of their issues against the Projected Salary Cap for next Season. With a decision about the future of Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger still looming, the Team restructured with their other Captain – Cam Heyward.
The move converts Cam Heyward’s roster bonus and base salary into a signing bonus to create $7 million in cap room, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Heyward will still receive the $10.5M he was due for 2021, but will be paid via one bonus instead of over the term of his base salary. The restructure is a standard conversion procedure for a team looking to create space. Pittsburgh’s current cap situation, which leaves the Steelers over the cap by roughly $19M after the Heyward restructure with a projected cap of $180M (the current cap floor, per the NFL). This matters because the Steelers still have a decision to make at Quarterback, with Ben Roethlisberger accounting for $41.25M of the team’s total cap space for 2021.
In more Steelers News, Head Coach Mike Tomlin reportedly has tested positive for COVID-19. On Monday afternoon, Tomlin posted a statement on social media, thanking well-wishers. He did not confirm any diagnosis, however. Tomlin saying: “I want to thank everyone who reached out to express their concern for my health. Luckily I have had minimal symptoms and I’m thankful to be in good health,” he wrote. “I want to thank those media professionals who knew about my situation and respected my privacy. It is very much appreciated. I’ll be back in the office soon while I continue to work virtually from home. Thanks for your support and well wishes!” NFL Network first reported news of Tomlin’s diagnosis.