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.