Steelers convert part of Ryan Shazier's 2018 salary into signing bonus

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In the National Football League there is a history of injured players struggling to get paid, general managers and owners wouldn't be keen on paying out millions to a player that isn't going to contribute to their team.

According to ESPN insider Field Yates, he says that the franchise have converted Shazier's salary into a signing bonus.

Shazier, the Steelers' first-round pick (15th overall) out of Ohio State in 2014, has appeared in 46 career games with 41 starts, totaling 299 tackles (202 solo), seven sacks, seven interceptions, 25 passes defensed and seven forced fumbles.

The move has no salary-cap implications, meaning it seems a goodwill gesture on the part of the organization.

While Shazier's situation is an unfortunate one, the Steelers had no obligation to do what they did.

But that's what the Steelers chose to do anyway.

Football can often by a cynical and violent sport, which Shazier, unfortunately, knows all too well.

Whether that be in the form of a jersey patch or a helmet sticker, the Steelers do things the right way and they're once again proving why so many players rave about what an incredible organisation it is to play for.

Since undergoing spinal stabilisation surgery back in December, Shazier has made a series of public appearances at sporting events. But the Steelers' gesture shows that there is still some good that can come of the sport amid all the bad that seems to go with it.

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