The Pittsburgh Steelers already saved some cap space by once again restructuring star linebacker Lawrence Timmons’s contract, and Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has reported that the Steelers have restructured the deal of star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Since his cap number was at $19.595 million, it sounds like the Steelers will be saving a solid chunk of coin.
Albert Breer reported a couple of days ago that Roethlisberger and the Steelers were not looking to extend his deal, but rather renegotiate and help the team save some money. They were expected to get a deal done by the week’s end, and it seems like the Steelers and Big Ben have gotten things done sooner than expected.
Roethlisberger’s new deal is expected to save the team about $3 million, but that’s just educated guesswork at this point since the terms of his deal have not been released yet. A chunk of Big Ben’s large base salary is expected to just turn into a signing bonus, and here is an interesting note from Breer’s piece on NFL.com that was up a couple of days ago.
He wrote (link above), “The Steelers’ precedent has been to extend quarterbacks with two years left on their contracts, and that would mean Roethlisberger could get a new deal next offseason.”
Before this deal, Roethlisberger had the fourth-highest cap hit among quarterbacks behind Eli Manning, Matthew Stafford, and Peyton Manning respectively.
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