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Dexter Jackson is deciding between taking a five-year, $12.5 million contract offer with a $2.75 million bonus from both the Steelers and Arizona Cardinals, and his wife is expecting the couple's child.<br> <br> In the meantime, the Steelers have cleared close to $1.4 million in cap space in case the free safety chooses to accept their offer.

Jackson is also considering a smaller offer from his former team, the Tampa Bay Buccanneers.

The Steelers earlier this week had only $8,000 in cap room but gained the additional space by restructuring defensive end Aaron Smith's contract and are currently working with All-Pro guard Alan Faneca to free up an additional $1.4 million that would be used for any additional free agents and draft picks.

Jackson's signing would cost the Steelers more than $1 million against the cap this season.

Smith, who waited until players were due to report to training camp last year to sign his new contract, was this week given a $1.72 million bonus to go with the minimum wage of $530,000. Smith's contract is for five years.

Faneca's contract will be restructured in similar fashion. His base salary this year was to be $2.8 million. He also has five years remaining on his contract.

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