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Pittsburgh Steelers Restructure Cornerback Ike Taylor

October 25th, 2013 at 10:31 PM
By Mark Mihalko

The Pittsburgh Steelers also made some noise inside the front office on Friday, when multiple sources reported that the team and veteran cornerback Ike Taylor agree to restructure his contract. While this may not be huge news, it does help the Steelers as they navigate through injuries and are forced to shuffle their roster.

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  This restructuring should ensure Taylor continues to roam the secondary for some time. More importantly, as the two sides agreed to turn his base salary into a signing bonus, this deal will not handcuff the team as much as some of the other restructures. As a signing bonus, that signing bonus can be spread equally throughout the remainder of the contact, in this case two years.

This move did free up a reported $3 million in cap space, although that number will likely be lower once some of the roster moves have been calculated into the equation. Even with a lower number, it may also lead to some more roster shuffling, as head coach Mike Tomlin has continually tweaked this roster throughout the regular season, due to both injury and performance (see Isaac Redman).

With Taylor likely back into the future, the Steelers can focus on re-signing cornerback Cortez Allen, who may be their most important free agent heading into 2014. Yes, he is scheduled to be a restricted free agent, but with his size, skill set and the teams salary cap woes, he will likely be a hot commodity.

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Tags: Cortez Allen, Football, Ike Taylor, Isaac Redman, Mike Tomlin, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers

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