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Roethlisberger restructures his contract, again

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger stands with head coach Mike Tomlin in San Francisco Reuters

If the nose of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is out of joint following the firing of offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and the hiring of offensive coordinator Todd Haley, it’s not so far out of joint that Ben refused to restructure his contract in order to create some cap room for the Steelers.

According to the Associated Press, Roethlisberger has agreed to a revised deal that creates cap space without reducing his money.

Though the AP item lacks any details, NFLPA records reveal that Roethlisberger’s base salary for 2012 already has dropped from $11.6 million to $900,000.  With four years left on his contract, it means that the $10.7 million guaranteed payment will create $8.025 million in cap room for 2012.  By doing so, it will add another $2.675 million in cap charges for 2013, 2014, and 2015.

The Steelers are getting closer and closer to clearing off the books a cap excess of $25 million.  Other players who have restructured their contracts without seeing a reduction in their pay include linebackers LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons, tackle Willie Colon, and cornerback Ike Taylor.

UPDATE 9:24 p.m. ET:  Per a league source, Roethlisberger’s  2012 cap number is now $8.895 million.  Previously, the cap number was $16.92 million.

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53 Responses to “Roethlisberger restructures his contract, again”
  1. sportsmeccabi says: Feb 23, 2012 9:03 PM

    Needs the money to pay off the next hotel employee who comes to “fix his TV”.

  2. berniesboys says: Feb 23, 2012 9:05 PM

    I hate the steelers.

  3. katrinasafterbirth says: Feb 23, 2012 9:10 PM

    Ben does realize he can’t have sex with his contract, right?

  4. jsdriscoll says: Feb 23, 2012 9:12 PM

    Perhaps he needed some liquid assets after the settlement.

  5. jkhart says: Feb 23, 2012 9:13 PM

    Pouncy, Mendi, timmons, holmes, miller, big ben, polamalu, hampton are all recent first round picks.

    I’d say if we lose wallace for a first rounder, colbert will know how to use it.

  6. yankeemofo says: Feb 23, 2012 9:17 PM

    Hope he doesn’t have any out of court settlements in the near future

  7. caseyanthonymunoz says: Feb 23, 2012 9:19 PM

    Ben had no choice in the negotiations. Management took him in the bathroom and told him to “shut up and let it happen!” while guards waited outside.

  8. clownsfan says: Feb 23, 2012 9:20 PM

    He’s still a creep.

  9. cannonballdookie says: Feb 23, 2012 9:21 PM

    See, the whole Wallace scare can be much ado about nothing. People underestimate how damn easy it is to manipulate the cap.

    I just hope that instead of pushing the problem further down the road, they do decide to trim some fat off the roster. Let the players go who are old and not on the field (ie: Smith, Hampton, Foote, Ward, some of the OL).

  10. chowface86 says: Feb 23, 2012 9:23 PM

    All this does is give Wallace more scratch off money….

  11. sixburghrules says: Feb 23, 2012 9:25 PM

    You go Colbert! Wallace ain’t going nowhere! Whine you little biatches!

  12. latopia says: Feb 23, 2012 9:34 PM

    How are they clearing off cap excesses unless they convert base escalations into bonuses? Because bonuses count against the cap even if the player is released. Or are Steeler players backloading unguaranteed salary out of the goodness of their hearts? Really? Seems the Steelers are deferring cap excesses if the former is true.

  13. waccoforflacco says: Feb 23, 2012 9:35 PM

    This proves to me the “cap” is just a phony number. If the Steelers can eliminate being $25 million OVER the cap in one week…then ANY team can create millions of cap space to sign ANY free agent they want. The whole cap thing is bogus.

  14. eaglez10 says: Feb 23, 2012 9:36 PM

    This dude looks like a rapist in that picture he’s dumb for restructing his contract what if they relase him next year so they don’t pay him that will be really funny.

  15. jimmysimpson55 says: Feb 23, 2012 9:39 PM

    I wonder if Haley called to congratulate him!?

  16. nyyjetsknicks says: Feb 23, 2012 9:42 PM

    What’s the point of the cap if everyone manipulates it?

  17. southcakpanther says: Feb 23, 2012 9:55 PM

    I guess settling lawsuits with his rape victims must make giving back some cap space a breeze.

  18. slobberknockered says: Feb 23, 2012 9:55 PM

    Hmmmmmmm, Why does Big Ben not get props? He should get way more money. Two Super Bowls, AFC Titles?!? Hmmmmmm, I wonder why?

  19. babyhorsemorgan says: Feb 23, 2012 10:02 PM

    Also Ben is in negotiation with a group of surgeons to restructure his nose. Hopefully clearing up space for his eyes to see, his mouth to breath, and his ears to hear. They work as a team, and all of them play an important part.

  20. crimhollingsworth says: Feb 23, 2012 10:04 PM

    So Big Ben’s cap number will probably exceed 20 mil in 2013. Can they restructure again on Feb 24 2013 and add another 3 or 4 mil to his 2014-2015 numbers?

  21. nflovercollegefb says: Feb 23, 2012 10:06 PM

    waccoforflacco says:
    Feb 23, 2012 9:35 PM
    This proves to me the “cap” is just a phony number. If the Steelers can eliminate being $25 million OVER the cap in one week…then ANY team can create millions of cap space to sign ANY free agent they want. The whole cap thing is bogus.
    ——————————————————

    You obviously don’t know how the salary cap works, no it is not bogus and the Steelers had to fork out a ton of cash to make it all work.

    That cash made parts of contracts “guaranteed” that were not perviously guaranteed. The players win with the up-front cash and the team wins with having the cap space they needed.

    Try reading the article again from an unbiased point of view and maybe, just maybe it’ll make sense.

  22. mmmpierogi says: Feb 23, 2012 10:11 PM

    berniesboys says: Feb 23, 2012 9:05 PM

    I hate the steelers.

    **********************************************************

    Then don’t read or comment on Steelers-related stories, genius – be obnoxious somewhere else.

  23. cannonballdookie says: Feb 23, 2012 10:19 PM

    I’m a Steelers fan but I’m in favor of partially guaranteed contracts, the way teams can skate around cap issues makes the whole cap and salary structure a joke. Guys get 5 year 50M contracts and get cut the next year, easy for any GM to run a team if they can just make up for mistake after mistake.

  24. 6250claimer says: Feb 23, 2012 10:22 PM

    No wonder some crazy broad wanted to marry him. With income like that, lots of people will overlook a few “warts” – you know, like rape allegations, narcissistic and boorish personality, etc.

  25. tedmurph says: Feb 23, 2012 10:27 PM

    Steelers still don’t have the money to sign Wallace or franchise him. You really think he’s gonna come in and play for the 2.7mil tender? Either he’s gone or see ya after week 10.

  26. djstat says: Feb 23, 2012 10:28 PM

    Hard to give Ben credit for two super bowls. In 2005 they won more inspite of him…a win is a win. Eventually though, all of this restructuring will bite Pitts in the ASS

  27. reed20ravens says: Feb 23, 2012 10:30 PM

    still no motorcycles???? NOOOOOOOO

  28. matpoh says: Feb 23, 2012 10:31 PM

    Best thing he can do for the club is to lose about 30-40 pounds. If he works all off season and cuts weight, that may help the club more than the restructuring.

  29. quittsburghstoolers says: Feb 23, 2012 10:43 PM

    Yes… YES!

    That’s right, THAT’S RIGHT… just keep pushing more &
    more money into the future & onto future salary
    caps instead of cutting the most overpaid guys &
    replacing them with younger, cheaper ones.

    Someday soon, that piper will need to be paid & they
    won’t be able to push any more money into the future.
    Once that day comes, it’ll mean 3 or 4 straight
    seasons of terrible records for the team & blissful
    silence coming from the Pittsburgh fans.

    And when that happens, they’d better hope their hockey
    team is still doing well ‘cuz we all know they don’t
    have a decent baseball team to fall back on…

  30. yogikenobi says: Feb 23, 2012 10:45 PM

    I love how players are always painted as heroes for accepting their pay in advance.

  31. indpa67 says: Feb 23, 2012 10:55 PM

    eaglez10 says:Feb 23, 2012 9:36 PM

    This dude looks like a rapist in that picture he’s dumb for restructing his contract what if they relase him next year so they don’t pay him that will be really funny
    ________________________________

    Yeah, funny. He does…..just like 3/4 of the fans watching the stinking Eagles at the Linc.

  32. mjkelly77 says: Feb 23, 2012 11:05 PM

    And why shouldn’t Rapistbereger restructure his contract? Do you think he doesn’t want to win? It’s self-serving after all. And he is a selfish person. He’s immature and takes things that aren’t his. By force if necessary.

  33. t16rich says: Feb 23, 2012 11:11 PM

    He restructres the money in the direction of two bathroom victims. Wienny flasher.

  34. pitt9292 says: Feb 23, 2012 11:43 PM

    WHy are all of you Idiots so jealous on here. The funny thing is, no matter what the Steelers do good or bad all of you morons bring up old hat. Has your team been to 3 of the last 6 Super Bowls? Probably not and that is why you bunch of jack a$$e$$ get on here and run your trapps. Its unreal to think you idiots would wrather the Steelers lose than your own team win. What a joke.

  35. steelcurtainn says: Feb 24, 2012 12:45 AM

    The Steelers……….the smartest team in the Business.

  36. discosucs2005 says: Feb 24, 2012 12:46 AM

    Love the rapist jokes. Still clever and funny, and you can tell it still totally bothers Steeler fans. (sarcasm)

    Speaking of Steeler fans, I don’t know why they want to keep Wallace. I know he’s fantastic, but speed isn’t really an enduring quality, it’s very replaceable, and they already have a good WR platoon. I would take the first rounder and let Wallace go. Of course I might be bias because I want the 49ers to get Wallace because he is the missing piece (that and an actual QB).

  37. clayton43 says: Feb 24, 2012 2:50 AM

    Sweet.. and jus like that the Steelers just cut $29.37M from the cap in two weeks time to get under the cap and the ONLY players they have HAD to get rid of was two players who didnt play. Since they are under… the Steelers Will still be in line to reduce contracts or cutting ties with a few players….

    A Smith…
    Hampton ??
    Ward
    Farrior ???
    Foot ???
    Kemo
    Moore ??
    Keisel??

    Obviously…Keisel isnt going anywhere this year and I doubt Hampton is either.. Foot or Farrier will probably one or the other depending on how the draft goes what else we do and who we cut… but those players are in position to take a pay cut or be cut. That will leave us room to sign Wallace or let him go and also puts us in position to sign Brown for next year as well since a few on that list will be cut next year if they hang in for another year. Is funny how everyone says we are old… I dont see it.. the players they extended are going to be around for another 3- 5 years anyway and as always we have/will have ALOT of young guys waiting to play… Safety spots will really be only concern in the next few years that we are getting old.

    RB very young…WR very young…QB….still have 5-7 years…OL.. very young .. DL..very Young
    ( Heyward and Hood plus NT in draft ) Hampton still another year or two.. LB..Timmons and Woodly coming into Prime..Harrison still good to go and we will be drafting a ILB in draft) CB.. needs works.. Taylor still has 3 years left and we do have 3 guys waiting to play.

    Add all that up with another 3 years worth of draft picks and I think we are pretty good to go.

  38. bensstinkyfingers says: Feb 24, 2012 3:08 AM

    That was vey generous of Benjamin. Guess that cuts down on the dating scene for Bigger Ben in 2012. $500,000 per “date”. That’s like only 1 3/4 babes he can pay off on this years salary. Then when the wife finds out, he’s wiped out. BTW, How’s he get a helmet on that melon of his without fat pouring out the earholes? Definately, living up to the nickname.

  39. buffalomafia says: Feb 24, 2012 4:03 AM

    How does a guy rape a woman & then gets married a couple years later?

    Why would you give back millions of $$$$$? Nobody else does! Dumb FU#K!

  40. nickster31 says: Feb 24, 2012 4:08 AM

    quittsburghstoolers says: Feb 23, 2012 10:43 PM

    Yes… YES!

    That’s right, THAT’S RIGHT… just keep pushing more &
    more money into the future & onto future salary
    caps instead of cutting the most overpaid guys &
    replacing them with younger, cheaper ones.

    Someday soon, that piper will need to be paid & they
    won’t be able to push any more money into the future.
    Once that day comes, it’ll mean 3 or 4 straight
    seasons of terrible records for the team & blissful
    silence coming from the Pittsburgh fans.

    And when that happens, they’d better hope their hockey
    team is still doing well ‘cuz we all know they don’t
    have a decent baseball team to fall back on…

    **************************************

    For starters, what the Steelers are doing is moving money that is due now and spreading it over 4-6 years. It is done by every team. The way the Steelers write their contracts, it gives them the availability to do so, as long as the player is still going to be with the club. All this does is guarantee that Ben, Woodley, Timmons and the rest are going to be on the Steelers for at least 3-4 years.

    Not a bad problem, if you ask me.

    And, YES, normally this COULD bite a team in the rear end, but with the new TV deals that have been signed, the salary cap is going to jump somewhere between $15-30 million per year, once the new Thursday night package, along with the new DirecTv, CBS, NBC and ESPN contracts kick in, which should be in about 2013.

  41. wldkat says: Feb 24, 2012 5:14 AM

    I swear Kevin Colbert has a “PHD” in “Capology”. He is a Freakin Genius, and Wallace is coming back and get ready for the “Stairway to 7″ !!!

  42. sj39 says: Feb 24, 2012 7:57 AM

    Good God will the stupid comments about Big Ben never stop. Not an AFC fan at all but I sure wish some of you over there would grow up already.

  43. waltdawg says: Feb 24, 2012 10:49 AM

    We have always thought of Big Ben as a “CLASS ACT” the guy leads by example….PFFFTTTT!

  44. DonRSD says: Feb 24, 2012 11:04 AM

    ELi 2 rings & 2 MVP rings > Bathroom ben’s 2 rings & 0 mvp rings.

    did Ben even sdeserve to be called a champion with his 7/21 0td, 2int game for 112 yards vs the seahawks lol

    ELI = the truth.
    no need for restructuring…..just pay ELI THE GREAT!!!

  45. clayton43 says: Feb 24, 2012 11:42 AM

    Actually it is Omar Khan who is the ” capologist ” and number guy… has been since 2001.

    I was trying to think of how many ” free agent ” players that we have on the team as far as had been in the league with a diff team for 3 or 4 years and then we picked them up….really none at all other than Farrior and Cotchery who didnt really play at all … which brings me to my next point…Since we dont go out and sign free agents to huge deals … we pretty much stay in house and buid through draft which is how we can stay under cap and keep pro bowl talent around.

    As of right now… the cap next year is to be around the same as it is this year. The tv contracts dont kick in till 2014 which will go up an estimated 10 to 15 million and another 10 million or so in 2015… the Steelers are roughly 6 million over cap for next year as of now…that is of course not including Wallace or Brown or Sanders who will be up for new contracts…. and of course that 6 million doesnt DEDUCT Smith,Ward, Hampton, Keisel, Farrior, Foot, Kemo or a few others who the Steelers havnt decided on or what is going to happen..

  46. CKL says: Feb 24, 2012 12:00 PM

    HAHHAHAHAHA look who’s telling who to grow up. Priceless. Best laugh I’ve had in years.

    Brandt tweeted this am that Pitt has pushed 26 mill onto later years which is by far the most of any team. This is NOT Pitt’s usual MO so I wonder if they were banking on the new CBA having a higher cap than this or something.

  47. Deb says: Feb 24, 2012 12:07 PM

    Ben gets pouty from time to time–as the comments on this thread show, boys will be boys. But Roethlisberger’s never given anyone reason to doubt his career commitment to the Steelers. He wants to retire in Pittsburgh, so he’s going to do what’s necessary to work things out with and for the team. That’s why he accepted his suspension without appeal, worked to revamp his image, restructured his contract–more than once–to help out the team. And that’s why he’ll work with Todd Haley. Ultimately, he wants to win another championship, be the Super Bowl MVP, and have a shot at Canton. He’ll get on board with what he thinks can achieve those goals.

  48. 3yardsndust says: Feb 24, 2012 12:38 PM

    I am also willing to accept a multi-million-dollar check now and an annual salary of $900,000. Where do I apply?

  49. dickroy says: Feb 24, 2012 12:42 PM

    @Deb

    Hey Deb haven’t seen you on here in a while.
    I think the Steelers might be trying hard to hold on to Mike Wallace.

  50. Deb says: Feb 24, 2012 12:51 PM

    Hi, dickroy ….

    Pressed for time lately. Think we’ll keep Wallace if at all possible. Colbert’s much better at working out compromises than Tom Donahoe was. But just read on Friday one liners we’re keeping both Batch and Leftwich. That’s nice. But who’s gonna back up Ben?? As I recall, Leftwich hasn’t played in two years and Tomlin didn’t trust Charlie to do the job last year.

  51. dickroy says: Feb 24, 2012 1:17 PM

    @Deb
    Good point. We better hope Ben stays healthy and up right. Like you and I have been saying for a long time, we better improve the O-Line.

  52. antibenapalooza says: Feb 24, 2012 7:18 PM

    jsdriscoll,

    It wasn’t the first time he paid some woman to forgive and forget. Think 03/05/10. This guy is a s**tbag!

  53. hgl4969 says: Feb 24, 2012 11:18 PM

    Good move by the Steelers – as usual, they make smart personnel compensation decisions…however…. the negative Ben comments are getting so old! Time to move on – Those with negative opinions need to find a new hobby, get a life or whatever.

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