Mock Offseason 2
Updated with Senior Bowl performance, with Arians gone, and after exploring our cap situation.
We're currently about $20 million over, and need to get at least $5 under to sign draft picks.
: + $465,000
- NT Chris Hoke - already announced it
- DE Aaron Smith - very injury prone, and we're really tight at the cap, and is already a FA
- QB Charlie Batch - very old and very frail at this point, save $465,000
: + $14,264,000
- NT Casey Hampton - cut base salary from $4.89 mil to $2.00 mil, saving $2.89 million
- WR Hines Ward - cut base salary from $4.00 mil to $1.50 mil, saving $2.5 million
- QB Ben Roethlisberger - restructure base salary from $11.6 million to $7 million, getting the money next year as a bonus, and saving $4.6 million
- TE Heath Miller - restructure base salary from $4.274 million to $2 million, getting the money next year as a bonus, and saving $2.274 million
- OT Willie Colon - restructure base salary from $4.50 million to $2.50 million, getting the money next year as a bonus, and saving $2 million
- DE Brett Keisel - restructure base salary from $2.825 million to $2.00 million, getting the money next year as a bonus, and saving $825,000
: + $19,419,000
- OG Chris Kemoeatu - we save $3.577 million
- ILB James Farrior - we save $2.825 million
- ILB Larry Foote - we save $3.00 million
- WR Arnaz Battle - we save $1.037 million
- CB Bryant McFadden - we save $2.50 million
- OT Jonathan Scott - we save $2.20 million
- S Ryan Clark - we save $3.00 million
- S Will Allen - we save $1.28 million
: - $9,930,000
- QB Byron Leftwich - sign for $1.5 million
- OT Max Starks - sign for $810,000, same as this year
- WR Mike Wallace - $2.562 million (tender amount for first and third round picks)
- OL Doug Legursky - $927,000 (tender amount for original pick, no pick in his case)
- OG Ramon Foster - $927,000 (tender amount for original pick, no pick in his case)
- CB Keenan Lewis - $927,000 (tender amount for original pick, 3rd round)
- S Ryan Mundy - $927,000 (tender amount for original pick, 6th round)
- RB Isaac Redman - $450,000 (exclusive rights free agent)
- NT Steve McClendon - $450,000 (exclusive rights free agent)
- P Jeremy Kapinos - $450,000 (exclusive rights free agent)
- QB Dennis Dixon - wants to play and that won't happen here; didn't really develop too well either
- WR Jerricho Cotchery - we were fortunate to land him because of an injury; he's not too old (29) and would probably play more on another team, with our young receivers being the clear starters.
- TE David Johnson - I think he was a Bruce Arians guy and with him gone, there's no need to keep him. Pretty poor receiver, and while good at blocking, we can definitely find a better FB.
- OL Trai Essex - we've got plenty of younger players who can play all positions, so he's easily expendable.
- P Daniel Sepulveda - Sad to say this, but I genuinely think this is the end of the line for Seppy. I really liked him, but due to his constant knee injuries, I think the team will finally move on and stick with Kapinos for the time being. Maybe he gets invited to camp.
- RB Mewelde Moore - no need for him, really. Mendenhall is the starter, Redman is the backup, Batch is the 3rd down back, and Dwyer and Clay are backup runners. Between all those guys, there is nothing Mewelde does better at this point in his career. He's got Tomlin's trust and doesn't fumble a lot, but those aren't really good reasons for keeping him on the roster instead of one of the younger players.
- CB Anthony Madison - I loved this guy as a ST ace for us, but he's no longer needed and was just signed for ST help during the playoff game.
- CB William *** - I'd take him back, but there's no cap room for him
- OT Jamon Meredith - did nothing, no reason for him to return.
Total Cap Room Left (already counting draft picks): +$43,000
1. LB Vontaze Burfict, Arizona - Ray Lewis-like intensity with James Harrison's mentality, both the good and bad. He'd be a fantastic buck for us, taking on blockers (like this
), allowing Timmons to slide over to the playmaking mack, with Farrior gone. IMO, this is not a great draft for 3-4 bucks, and Burfict is at the top of my list for this. Kuechly doesn't really fit the bill, and something about Hightower just doesn't convince me he can be a good buck.
2. NT Alameda Ta'Amu, Washington - We need a NT and he's the best value/need combination for us. Big guy, and there's a limited amount of NT to take. Would be groomed behind Hampton, mostly a two down player, as Heyward and Hood would be the nickel D-linemen.
3. OG Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State - We need to improve at the guard position and the top guys will all be gone by now (DeCastro, Zeitler, Washington, Osemele). Not an overly huge guy, but he can hold his own and would probably be able to compete for either guard position from the get-go.
4. TE Michael Egnew, Missouri - add an athletic pass-catching TE
5. WR Gerrell Robinson, Arizona State - bigger receiver than the ones we have, and since Cotchery is gone and Ward will be gone soon, ne need depth at the position too.
6. K Carson Wiggs, Purdue - we need a kicker, and I've liked what I've seen from this guy.
7. FB Bradie Ewing, Wisconsin - he opened up holes for the Badgers' RBs, and was a key component of Montee Ball's success.
7. NT Hebron Fangupo, BYU - big bodied NT, maybe the next Hoke for us? Both were from NYU
7. OT Josh Oglesby, Wisconsin - OT depth, physical size similar to Max Starks, that would probably be his ceiling.
Rough off-season when it comes to losses, but we're in a very bad place cap-wise, and we could very well see the start of a defensive overhaul this off-season, as I tried to do here. I wish we could convince more players to simply take a pay-cut as opposed to a restructuring so we're not in terrible shape next year, but I don't see it happening.