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Steelers make moves to get under cap; Battle, McFadden cut

The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to make moves to get their payroll in order.

The latest came when the Steelers restructured the contract of cornerback Ike Taylor. A source with knowledge of the situation told Friday that Taylor, who signed a four-year deal before last season, agreed to convert $4.925 million of his base salary into a signing bonus. The maneuver pushed $3.28 million in cap space into future years, according to the report.

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Steelers President Art Rooney II estimated last month the team was $25 million over the salary cap. As of Feb. 6, the Steelers were $22.5 million over the cap, according to research.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Thursday that linebackers LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons had also agreed to restructure their contracts. Woodley's $5.5 million roster bonus due in March was converted to a signing bonus, as was $2.7 million of his $3.4 million in salary in 2011.

The Steelers also cut salary by releasing two veterans -- cornerback Bryant McFadden and receiver Arnaz Battle -- on Wednesday.

McFadden opened the 2011 season as a starter, but was injured in the first game, leaving William Gay to take over the job. The Steelers drafted McFadden in the second round in 2005.

Battle, a nine-year veteran, played little since signing with the Steelers two years ago.

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