The Pittsburgh Steelers do not have much financial flexibility at this point in time. The team currently has just under $5.7 million in cap space, according to Spotrac, and will have to get creative if they want to clear space to add another impact player -- or plan as carefully as possible for the future.
JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner are both in contract years, and there is no guarantee GM Kevin Colbert brings both or even one of those guys back in 2021. With the focus remaining on 2020, however, one thing Colbert can do to free up some money is flying under the radar: cutting punter Jordan Berry.
Berry's cap hit is $2.175 million with a dead cap value of only $375,000. That amounts to savings of $1.8 million the team can use elsewhere, such as on extensions for Smith-Schuster or Conner. Rookie Corliss Waitman is the other punter on the roster at the moment, but even if he doesn't snag the No. 1 job, there are cheaper options out there that don't have Berry's track record for unfortunate mistakes.
Turning over the punter position to a younger player will save a surprising sum of money at a time in which Ben Roethlisberger's cap hit is set to jump to $41.25 million in 2021. Cutting Berry would be the kind of sneaky move that could help the team compete now and in the years to come.