Ike Taylor Restructures Contract

Pittsburgh Steelers CB Ike Taylor again restructured his contract to create more salary-cap space for the team, by reducing his 2009 base salary of $3.5 million, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. By converting some of Taylor’s base salary into a signing bonus, the Steelers were able to come up with more money to sign players. This marks the second consecutive year that Taylor, a Pro Bowl alternate in 2008, has redone his deal to give the Steelers cap relief. Last year, the Tribune-Review reports, Taylor’s restructed contract allowed Pittsburgh to sign first-round draft pick Rashard Mendenhall. This year, the Steelers needed cap room in the wake of LB James Harrison signing a six-year, $51.75 million contract which is the largest deal for a Steelers defensive player in team history.