When you restructure as much as the Steelers have, it eventually catches up. They will have to cut several players to get under the cap within the next several weeks. They will need to cut more than the amount to get under the cap because Watt is due for an extension and they won’t let him get away. They’re going to lose a bunch of free agents, which will result in getting several compensatory picks in the 2022 draft.Check out the "Over The Cap" website, the cap situation with Ben and others is not optimal.
Ben counts $22.5M and Pouncey $6.5M against the cap regardless. They get cut or retire, that’s their hit. If they play (assumimg no restructure) they count an ADDITIONAL $19M and $8M respectively.
Restructuring just pushes that $19M and $8M into future years. Fail to see any value in that.
Their problems are many and not going to get fixed in 2021. They are cornered with the cap.
I really don’t know what will happen with Ben and Pouncey. We’ll find out in the next few weeks.