PITTSBURGH, PA – The Pittsburgh Steelers have reworked linebacker T.J. Watt’s contract to save a few million in cap space, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The Steelers restructured the deal to save $6.75 million. According to Spotrac, Pittsburgh had $2.483 million in available cap space before the changes to Watt’s contract. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year carried the largest cap hit on the team of $31.1 million.
The #Steelers restructured the contract of pass-rusher TJ Watt to create $6.75M of space, source said. A little operating room before the season.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 7, 2022
The Steelers typically like to carry near $10 million into the season in case of emergencies. This is to replace possible injuries or make in-season signings as they approach the playoffs.
They’ll sit at about $9.233 million in cap space heading into Week 1.