Q: How long will the Steelers be trapped in salary-cap purgatory? I'm growing tired of the strategy of extending key players and pushing cap charges into the future.
Sam in Seattle
A: The Steelers are on the verge of getting out of cap hell. They will probably end the 2013 season $10-12 million over the cap instead of the $20-30 million they have endured the past several years. One adjustment on Ben Roethlisberger's contract will eat up almost $10 million of that overage. It might be a little tight in 2014, but after that, they should be fine. The worst is over.
Double edged sword.
They wouldn't be in cap hell if they didn't have quality players to extend.
As others have alluded to, they need to start hitting more home runs (instead of just singles and doubles) with the kids to keep them out of it.