Steelers restructure Brown's contract to get under cap

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Four days before the deadline to do so, the Steelers came into salary cap compliance after restructuring the contract of Antonio Brown Friday.

By turning $5.2 million of Brown's $6 million salary for 2014 into a signing bonus, the Steelers created $3.9 million in salary cap room this year.

It pushes that $3.9 million into equal installments of $1.3 million in additional cap accounting on Brown in the seasons of 2015, 2016 and 2017.

The bookkeeping change -- which involves no additional compensation for the Pro Bowl wide receiver nor additional years to his contract -- has been routine for the Steelers for a number of years as they push salary cap accounting into the future.

Brown is signed through 2017 on a contract given to him in 2012.

All NFL teams must be in compliance with their salary cap number by 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Teams can begin negotiating with pending free agents after 4 p.m. today but cannot sign one until 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Ed Bouchette: and Twitter @EdBouchette. First Published March 7, 2014 7:19 PM

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