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Roethlisberger restructure would push future cap numbers even higher

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Last year, the Steelers cut quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s base salary from $11.6 million down to the minimum of $900,000.  The $10.7 million became a guaranteed payment, with the cap hit spread equally over the four remaining years in Roethlisberger’s deal.

The move added $2.675 million in cap charges to each year of the contract, pushing this year’s cap number to a belt-bending $19.6 million.

As MDS pointed out earlier in the afternoon, the Steelers plan to do it again, without extending the deal.  But with only three years left on the contract, the Steelers can’t take as large a chunk out of Roethlisberger’s cap number this time around.

Once again, Roethlisberger’s base salary is $11.6 million.  The Steelers could drop it to the 10-year minimum of $940,000.  The $10.66 million difference would then be converted to a guarantee, with the amount spread out over the final three seasons of his contract.

This would create $7.1 million in cap space.  But it also would increase Roethlisberger’s cap number by $3.55 million in 2014 and 2015.  With last year’s restructuring, that’s another $6.225 million to be carried in each of the final two seasons of Roethlisberger’s deal.

And with a base salary of $12.1 million due in 2014, it converts to a minimum cap number of $18.325 million next year.

Whatever the Steelers do, they should wait until March 5 to finalize it.  If they reduce the deal before then, Roethslisberger’s cap number would drop out of the top five in 2013 — and the exclusive franchise tender the Ravens would have to pay to quarterback Joe Flacco would drop again.

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22 Responses to “Roethlisberger restructure would push future cap numbers even higher”
  1. ejaedesign says: Feb 26, 2013 4:00 PM

    Not as upset or cynical about Big Ben’s restructuring compared to Brady’s?

  2. leamer says: Feb 26, 2013 4:00 PM

    It’s all a conspiracy againts Flacco!

  3. cdoyle444cdoyle444 says: Feb 26, 2013 4:04 PM

    Steelers just are not as smart as the PATS when it comes to restructing QB’s Contracts!

  4. smith62477 says: Feb 26, 2013 4:09 PM

    Might want to learn the CBA. Flacco’s exclusive number won’t be fully settled until the last day of RFA window(4/17 last year). So in order for it not change the tender it would have come after that.

  5. drew2k2 says: Feb 26, 2013 4:09 PM

    Out of respect of Joe Flacco and the Ravens, all the top paid quarterbacks will spontaneously reduce their cap number.
    -Said all the Ravens rivals at once

  6. deceman20 says: Feb 26, 2013 4:14 PM

    The Steelers should be considered America’s team b/c they keep pushing back their debt just like the US is doing.

  7. Stiller43 says: Feb 26, 2013 4:14 PM

    Steelers will add more years to the contract next offseason, with 2 years left, just as they did last time he had 2 years left.

  8. ravenator says: Feb 26, 2013 4:58 PM

    How stupid can one organization possibly be? And their fans still cant admit Colbert has no idea how to balance a checkbook. What a sad and pathetic franchise. I guess Pittsburgh natives are happy with thrid place. Just awful.

  9. scrp2 says: Feb 26, 2013 5:02 PM

    In this photo, Ben is directing the receivers to tackle the DB who made the interception.

  10. getyourownname says: Feb 26, 2013 5:06 PM

    Apparently the Steelers’ intended long-term solution is to lean on the League to dramatically raise the cap in future years.

  11. chawk12thman says: Feb 26, 2013 5:25 PM

    Everyone seems to be back loading their Cap Space……Meaning, in the next few years the teams will be cutting some high priced QBs and franchise type players to stay under the cap. Getting the $ now by restructuring seems to be the best bet for the players. However, I wonder what the incentive is for some of the older players to keep playing at the high levels with chances of injury?

  12. mazblast says: Feb 26, 2013 5:36 PM

    ravenator says:

    How stupid can one organization possibly be? And their fans still cant admit Colbert has no idea how to balance a checkbook. What a sad and pathetic franchise. I guess Pittsburgh natives are happy with thrid place. Just awful.
    ————————————-
    You are a bore.

  13. timsizzle83 says: Feb 26, 2013 6:22 PM

    Only a petty classless organization would take your advice buddy. Division rival or not, how you handle your in-house contract situations shouldnt be dependant on another team in the division or a deadline that has nothing to do with your franchise. This is why you attempt to be a journalist and arent a football executive. The steelers, as much as I dislike them, are anything but classless, so with that being said I highly doubt they are even taking it into consideration.

  14. mikemyditka says: Feb 26, 2013 6:58 PM

    “ravenator says:
    Feb 26, 2013 4:58 PM
    How stupid can one organization possibly be? And their fans still cant admit Colbert has no idea how to balance a checkbook. What a sad and pathetic franchise. I guess Pittsburgh natives are happy with thrid place. Just awful.”

    “thrid place?” You’d think winning the superbowl would quench his obsession about commenting on every Steelers post, but I guess not.

    And by the way pal- Your Ravens arent in salary cap heaven either. You might want to mind your own mess thats going over there.

  15. johntonioholmes says: Feb 26, 2013 7:09 PM

    ravenator

    Says the fan of a team who is about to pay their starting qb twice what he’s worth.

    They still might lose half of their secondary and 3/4 of their line backing corp, too.

  16. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Feb 26, 2013 7:51 PM

    Eventually they have to absorb the cap hit. If they want to make the hole a little deeper before they do, that’s OK by me.

  17. realdealsteel says: Feb 26, 2013 7:59 PM

    Well, we won’t lose the 4 more rings that you don’t have. Haha. Ravens were a fluke team last year. Your team will disappear for another 13 years.

  18. scoobies05 says: Feb 26, 2013 8:13 PM

    johntonio…right now i would rather play an up and coming improving joe then a qb like ben. no doubt he has had a great career but he has taken lots of hits and may be slowing down. hopefully ben can return to form so the best rivalry in football can continue. go ravens!

  19. halusbr33 says: Feb 26, 2013 8:53 PM

    ravenator says: Feb 26, 2013 4:58 PM

    How stupid can one organization possibly be? And their fans still cant admit Colbert has no idea how to balance a checkbook. What a sad and pathetic franchise. I guess Pittsburgh natives are happy with thrid place. Just awful.
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    Omar Khan is the ‘capologist’ by the way, not Kevin Colbert. Though they work, along with scouts, coaches, et cetera in tandem.

  20. halusbr33 says: Feb 26, 2013 8:56 PM

    getyourownname says: Feb 26, 2013 5:06 PM

    Apparently the Steelers’ intended long-term solution is to lean on the League to dramatically raise the cap in future years.

    ——————————————-
    Do you not expect the cap not to increase in coming years? If it is not, then obviously the NFL is a horrible business. Any 101 level Risk Management class will show the Cap increasing, even if it is only level loaded with entry.

  21. steelcitychamps6x says: Feb 26, 2013 11:30 PM

    As to the post that’s says why the vets keep doing this with the high chance of injury. When a player restructures his contract the money restructured becomes a guarantee so even if injured or cut money is theirs. If this were not the case no one would ever restructure.

  22. iamedreed says: Feb 27, 2013 10:03 AM

    soo the starting point for that next contract is going to be 25M a sesason right? since hes obviously sooooo much better than joe flacco

    hope that 10M troy is making this year to play in about 6 games is worth it

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