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Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger plan to restructure contract

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is close to coming to terms on a restructuring of his contract to free up cap space this year.

NFL Network’s Albert Breer reports that a renegotiated deal is expected to be completed this week, although neither the Steelers nor Roethlisberger’s camp are giving any details at the moment.

Roethlisberger is scheduled to count $19.6 million against the Steelers’ salary cap in 2013. The Steelers would like to push some of the money they owe Roethlisberger onto future years, as they currently have 10 players counting more than $100 million on their cap.

The new deal is not expected to add any additional years to Roethlisberger’s deal, but is instead simply expected to be a restructuring for salary cap purposes.

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  1. eaglesw00t says: Feb 26, 2013 3:13 PM

    Question becomes…does this affect Flacco and his franchise tag number now? If Brady and Roethlisbergers number goes down, does the franchise tag number correlate?

  2. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Feb 26, 2013 3:14 PM

    Would it be better to hold off so that that exclusive tag for Flacco is a high as possible?

  3. mysteryqueen7 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:15 PM

    If I were the Pittsburgh Steelers I would make Ben show me that he was worth what I was paying him because he didn’t do that great this past season. I don’t know if it’s the new Offensive Coordinator, Todd Haley or the married life and becoming a father or just Ben getting older and his bulb is beginning to burn out, but he just didn’t show me that much this past year. I wonder if he was playing injured and they just didn’t say so?

  4. micahernst says: Feb 26, 2013 3:15 PM

    How many times has this guy restructured his contract now?

  5. nyyjetsknicks says: Feb 26, 2013 3:15 PM

    Not picking on the Steelers here because all teams do it (and have to do it), but what’s the point of a salary cap if there’s all these ways to manipulate it?

  6. infectorman says: Feb 26, 2013 3:16 PM

    Tom Brady = Trail Blazer

  7. gronkspike802 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:17 PM

    Tom Brady’s yearly cap charges:
    2013: $13.8 million
    2014: $14.8 million
    2015: $13 million
    2016: $14 million
    2017: $15 million

    Ben Roethlisberger’s yearly cap charges:
    2013: $19.6 million
    2014: $14.9 million
    2015: $14.4 million

  8. ac540 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:18 PM

    8-8 and charging up the credit card for no more than 13 games per year. Third place and fading fast!

  9. lovefootball4life says: Feb 26, 2013 3:18 PM

    In about 30 minutes we’re going to see an article on how this restructuring would help the Ravens because it would reduce the price of the Flacco franchise tag, if used.

    Man I don’t like the offseason.

  10. thoughtsofstray says: Feb 26, 2013 3:19 PM

    I hope Peter King gushes over this salary cap adjustment with equal force as he did the Brady deal.

    Yeah, we know that’s not going to happen.

  11. transam7816 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:21 PM

    They should take money away from him..

  12. greenejoemean says: Feb 26, 2013 3:24 PM

    More money to throw at the rams Jackson?

  13. stevez51 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:28 PM

    Is this now the 3rd or 4th time his contract is being restructured?? His dead money will be there for 5 years after he retires….

  14. dowhatifeellike says: Feb 26, 2013 3:29 PM

    I have a feeling that Ben wasn’t planning on it.

  15. wikidpissah says: Feb 26, 2013 3:30 PM

    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

  16. uwsptke says: Feb 26, 2013 3:33 PM

    Man, it looks like their AFC rivals are really throwing a bone at the Ravens to lower the exclusive franchise tender on Flacco.

  17. drew2k2 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:35 PM

    Steelers doing exactly what Ozzie Newsome never does..push money forward.. it only puts the Steelers in the same situation again down the road. never ending cycle

  18. reed20fence says: Feb 26, 2013 3:35 PM

    And the Ravens have another thank you card to write…

  19. Stiller43 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:37 PM

    Steelers QBs get more years with 2 years left on the contract. He currently has 3. Next offseason theyll add years and hopefully lower the hits.

  20. greglloydrules says: Feb 26, 2013 3:39 PM

    That’s what I like to hear. I’m hoping AB and some others hopefully do the same. But it’s going to take more than cap restructuring to get back on track and it starts in the locker room. And as much as people like to hate on the Steelers, they are still going to be competitive.

  21. novusanimus says: Feb 26, 2013 3:42 PM

    Roethlisberger is the ultimate team first guy!!!

  22. jarvis1104 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:43 PM

    Restructure now to add cap space then later add years. This is how the team operates

  23. kcchiefsfandave says: Feb 26, 2013 3:45 PM

    “Maybe I will get some positive press too.”

  24. CKL says: Feb 26, 2013 3:46 PM

    How many more years does BR have on his current deal? I would think it’s getting to the point they would want to start talking extension. Weird that no additional years are expected to be added.

  25. pdmjr says: Feb 26, 2013 3:49 PM

    Ben is always willling to help, just like Brady in NE. Gotta love these guys

  26. marima07 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:50 PM

    Wait — this is “simply expected to be a restructuring for salary cap purposes”?

    No insinuations of cheating or something sneaky and underhanded going on?

    Must not be an article involving the Patriots then.

  27. mjdkid100 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:51 PM

    Queue all the Steelers cheating the cap comments and Florios breakdown or numbers he hasnt seen yet…

    Oh, is that only on Pats threads?

  28. ccjcsr says: Feb 26, 2013 3:52 PM

    Yeah whatever, you’ll see a lot of teams do this to clear up cap space.

  29. tjrogers09 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:53 PM

    Teams need a reality check on what make sense to pay their players. All you hear about is some big money QB restructuring there contract each year. Drew Bree’s will be next in 2014.

  30. leamer says: Feb 26, 2013 3:56 PM

    I’m not a Steelers or Raven’s fan, but it appears that everyone is ganging up on Flacco! How does this affect the franchise tag? It was Brady yesterday, now Roethlisberger!

  31. jeffchason says: Feb 26, 2013 4:05 PM

    As usual, the Patriots set the bar and the rest of the league follows

  32. shaunypoo says: Feb 26, 2013 4:08 PM

    So is the rest of the league whispering about how this must somehow be illegal? Sorry, Florio didn’t write this article.

  33. memily34 says: Feb 26, 2013 4:13 PM

    Seriously on the last line there? In what universe would the Steelers ever care about doing something that could help the Ravens? What benefit do they have in doing so? This isn’t a Steelers troll either, serious non-rhetorical question.

  34. reed20fence says: Feb 26, 2013 4:20 PM

    Ok you guys do realize that a QB agreeing to take more money as a bonus up front doesn’t mean he’s sacrificing anything. In fact he’s acting on a very opportunistic no brainer of a decision.

    Net Net, none of these guys are taking a single penny less than their original contract promises them.

  35. bobzilla1001 says: Feb 26, 2013 4:25 PM

    When are quarterbacks going to stop getting medals and notority for restructuring their obscene contracts? Restructuring is nothing more than redistribution of the money. Roethlisberger will not lose a precious penny of his $110 million. What Brady did was accept a contract extention that is below market value. Huge difference.
    Roethlisberger has restructured his contract many times over but is still one of the top-paid QBs in the league.

  36. dowhatifeellike says: Feb 26, 2013 4:30 PM

    Restructuring is a no-brainer for anyone, as long as they have enough to live on year-to-year. Spreading the income over a longer time period lowers the total tax burdern.

  37. mistrezzrachael says: Feb 26, 2013 4:44 PM

    Steelers need to do alot more than BR’s contract.

    Unlike NE they tend to hold onto non productive veterans much too long.

    Troy P is killing them last 2 years. They need to get younger…fast..or never mind the Ravens, they are below the Bengals too.

    Scary thought, but Browns have much better YOUNG roster…but no productive veterans…or leadership.

  38. ravenfan says: Feb 26, 2013 4:48 PM

    Keep restructuring and pushing the money back will always catch up. Ask the Titans who owed Steve McNair a lot of money or the Colts with Manning. It gets to the point that the team cannot afford to keep their beloved QB.

  39. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: Feb 26, 2013 5:36 PM

    So wait, the Ravens win a SB and their 2 biggest rivals decide to hook them up the following season? Sounds more like someone lose a bet.

  40. ravenator says: Feb 26, 2013 5:36 PM

    They do realize the goal is to actually win the lombardi right? What a sorry front office. They will continue to fade into the darkness. Teams are going to be licking their chops when playing this powder puff group

  41. footballfan says: Feb 26, 2013 5:42 PM

    If I’m not mistaken, you can’t restructure a contract to spread the money out over more years. Just push more of the cash to the last years. So instead of BR having a huge salary this year an two smaller years they just even the numbers out. Why is everyone thinking this is going to kill the steelers for the next 10 years????

  42. mjkelly77 says: Feb 26, 2013 6:02 PM

    nyyjetsknicks says:Feb 26, 2013 3:15 PM

    Not picking on the Steelers here because all teams do it (and have to do it), but what’s the point of a salary cap if there’s all these ways to manipulate it?
    __________________

    You can call it “manipulation” if you want to but eventually the money is due just like a balloon payment of any kind. Nobody is gaming the salary cap.

  43. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 26, 2013 6:15 PM

    Feb 26, 2013 5:36 PM
    They do realize the goal is to actually win the lombardi right? What a sorry front office. They will continue to fade into the darkness. Teams are going to be licking their chops when playing this powder puff group

    If I am not mistaken these powder puffs beat the mighty ravens in their house with a 38 year old third string QB … Thankfully for the sane raven fans your logic is just something they don’t claim as there’s .

  44. sportsfrenzy says: Feb 26, 2013 6:23 PM

    Uh uneducated football fans are the best , speaking on subjects they don’t understand and spewing unfactual opinions , it really shows the education if sports “fans” these days .
    If you think that restructuring hurts the team down the road you’re just plain wrong , do your research please , this restructure helps the team now and in the future , you give money upfront and lower the cap number on the year , and years to come . It’s actually quiet simple to understand yet people are idiots . The steelers have been to the playoffs 12 out of the last 20 years , they’ve been to the playoffs 27 times , 27 !!! Since the playoffs started in the Super Bowl era , a team that in that consistently good deserves to have a bad year , you can’t be great every year , you just can’t .
    Ben had better statistics in 13 games last year in the regular season than flacco had in 16 games , Ben deserves the money he is being paid , he’s a top 5 QB in this league , and is getting paid as so .

  45. tedmurph says: Feb 26, 2013 6:24 PM

    Restructuring does catch up with you. The steelers are about 10 mil over the cap before restructuring BR. They owe about 100 mil out of 121 mil cap to 10 players. They cut a lot of veteran leadership last yr and, big suprise, the locker room is in disarray. They’ll have to do it again this yr. The Pats were 18 mil under before the Brady restructure, now they’re 26 mil under.

  46. cnmiddel says: Feb 26, 2013 6:25 PM

    Are you guys seriously that dumb? It has nothing to do with the pats or ravens. Steelers are 14 million over and if they restructure Roethlisberger and Timmons alone they recover 9 million. That’s it, stop pretending they are following the pats or helping the ravens.

  47. zenrooster says: Feb 26, 2013 6:50 PM

    Poor Flacco! Everybody under the sun is restructuring and he is going to come off as just another greedy money-minded QB!

  48. lovefootball4life says: Feb 26, 2013 6:55 PM

    “Ben had better statistics in 13 games last year in the regular season than flacco had in 16 games , Ben deserves the money he is being paid , he’s a top 5 QB in this league , and is getting paid as so .”

    Yet Ben was watching the post season from his couch and Flacco had statistics in the post season that were among the best… ever… in football and ended it with a Super Bowl MVP which Ben is still looking for.

  49. sportsfrenzy says: Feb 26, 2013 7:24 PM

    “Yet Ben was watching the post season from his couch and Flacco had statistics in the post season that were among the best… ever… in football and ended it with a Super Bowl MVP which Ben is still looking for.”
    Oh I’m sorry I guess Ben didn’t make that throw to santonio in the back of the end zone against the cardinal , I must be mistaken , didn’t drive down the field with less than 3 minutes left and throw the game winning touchdown , I guess it was Charlie batch , thanks for clearing that up for me !
    Ben is a better regular season QB than flacco , the stats don’t lie
    Flacco is good dont get me wrong but is no where near bens level

  50. tedmurph says: Feb 26, 2013 7:27 PM

    sportsfrenzy says:Feb 26, 2013 6:23 PM

    Uh uneducated football fans are the best , speaking on subjects they don’t understand

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    The best of the best.

  51. scoobies05 says: Feb 26, 2013 8:21 PM

    joe is getting his first big contract so of course he is shooting for the moon. they all do. and joe has already said he is willing to structure his deal so it will be cap friendly. just like ben and brady. those guys arent giving back money. they are getting it up front to help create cap space. it helps player and team. but eventually all the restructed money goes against the cap. at some point restructing big deals hurts the team. as far as ben being top 5 right now…i dont think so. he has fallen off a bit and cant stay healthy. still very good though. and who really cares about regular season stats unless you play fantasy. ben and joe dont put up huge numbers. but ben has 2 rings joe has 1. eli has 2 rodgers peyton and brees have 1 and ryan romo and stafford have 0 and 2 playoff wins between them.

  52. bobzilla1001 says: Feb 27, 2013 2:53 PM

    sportsfrenzy:
    Roethlisberger annually leads a scoring offense that ranks near the bottom of the league. He’s thrown more than 30 TD passes in a season just once in nine years.
    In two Super Bowl wins, he’s thrown one TD pass. The one he threw won the game against the worst defensive team in Super Bowl history. For 59 minutes and 30 seconds of that game, Roethlisberger and his offense produced just 13 points against a defense Matt Cassell and the Patriots had shredded for 47 points in a game just a few weeks before the Super Bowl.
    Roethlisberger has two Super Bowl rings because of Randel El, Willie Parker and Hines Ward in Super Bowl 40, and because of James Harrison and Santonio Holmes in Super Bowl 43…
    If you want to tell me that the Steelers wouldn’t have even gotten to Super Bowl 40 without Roethlisberger, I won’t disagree. But he hasn’t played that consistently well since. That was seven, going on 8 long seasons ago.
    Roethlisberger is not the kind of quarterback who can, or does, carry a team. He is what he is: Extremely blessed to have been drafted by a defensive-minded franchise.

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