The Pittsburgh Steelers are almost completely capped out. They currently rank 29th in available cap space as of June 2020, and there is very little they can do to alleviate that situation.
So, why are the Steelers out of cap space despite failing to make the playoffs last season? Well, they have doled out huge extensions to the key members of previous teams, and the bills are coming due. Here are three Steelers contracts that are completely untradable.
1. QB Ben Roethlisberger: 2 years, $68 million
The Steelers had to give Ben Roethlisberger a big extension after 2018, especially after another phenomenal season statistically where he led the league in passing yards. Unfortunately, quarterbacks in their late 30s are not known for being healthy, and Roethlisberger missed 14 games in 2019 due to an elbow injury. While Roethlisberger is one of the best quarterbacks in football when healthy, even at age 38, his massive contract makes him completely untradeable. The restructured deal that now moves a large part of his signing bonus to 2021 makes it even more difficult. No team would be willing to take on this amount of risk for Roethlisberger at this time.
2. C Maurkice Pouncey: 2 years, $22 million
Maurkice Pouncey became the highest-paid center in the NFL over the 2019 offseason, but his contract is already untradeable. The Steelers had signed him to a three-year, $33 million contract, but they've already restructured it to provide them more flexibility in 2020. However, Pouncey did not play up to his usual standards in 2019 and missed two games due to suspension. It would be hard to see any team taking on Pouncey's contract without additional compensation coming their way.
3. TE Eric Ebron: 2 years, $12 million
It may seem strange that a contract that was signed in the 2020 offseason is untradable, but that is the case for Eric Ebron's two-year, $12 million deal with Pittsburgh. For one, Ebron is coming off major ankle surgery and has only started 19 games over the last three seasons. While Ebron is a talented tight end and has upside, his production has been notoriously inconsistent. Ebron is also on a backloaded contract that will count for $8.5 million against the cap next season if a team keeps him. That risk makes it virtually impossible for the Steelers to trade Ebron, at least for now.
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