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Roethlisberger re-do saves $6 million in cap space

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As expected, the Steelers have restructured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s contract.  As not expected, they’ve done the deal at a time when doing so will help the Ravens reduce the exclusive franchise tender to their own franchise quarterback, Joe Flacco.

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Roethlisberger has restructured his contract to create $6 million in cap space.

As recently explained, the Steelers could have cleared up to $7.1 million.  But that would have pushed his future cap numbers even higher.

The move drops Ben’s 2013 cap number from $19.6 million to $16.6 million.  And that takes him out of the top five quarterback cap numbers for 2013.

Ben is replaced by Philip Rivers and his $17.1 million cap number.  Which drops the exclusive franchise tender to $19.134 million, saving $500,000 for the Ravens, if they choose to use the exclusive tag on Flacco.

This week, the Ravens have seen the exclusive franchise number fall more than $1.3 million, via the new Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger contracts.  If both teams had waited until March 5 to do the deals, the Ravens would have been forced to tender Flacco at $20.464 million.

It could be that both teams believe that the Ravens will opt to go non-exclusive, which is expected to result in a cap number of $14.6 million.  Regardless, the gap between the two numbers is now more than $1.3 million smaller.

[Editor’s note:  Bouchette initially reported that the cap savings is $3 million.  He has since changed that to $6 million.]

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53 Responses to “Roethlisberger re-do saves $6 million in cap space”
  1. skoobyfl says: Feb 28, 2013 11:38 AM

    It’s almostl like the AFC QB’s want Joe to stay, beating them again & again.

  2. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 28, 2013 11:40 AM

    Wow, we are the pinnacle of sports.

  3. skarfacci says: Feb 28, 2013 11:43 AM

    Love him or hate him, Ben has always been a team first guy. I have to admit.

  4. fakeflorio says: Feb 28, 2013 11:46 AM

    I’d like to think that the Steelers and Patriots are run well enough that they don’t need to rely on tactics such as slightly inflating Flacco’s cap number to remain competitive in the AFC. They need to conduct business as usual, field the best team they can, and let their opponents throw whatever they have at them.

  5. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 28, 2013 11:47 AM

    This won’t help as much as a statue or Dancing With The Stars bid would have, but it’ll help.

  6. ravenator says: Feb 28, 2013 11:49 AM

    Who are the steelers. Did they play last year

  7. bmoritz2003 says: Feb 28, 2013 11:51 AM

    Or maybe, and I know this sounds crazy…… but maybe neither the Steelers or Patriots are overly concerned with the Ravens and are just trying to improve their own cap status. Weird huh?

  8. Steeley McBeam says: Feb 28, 2013 11:53 AM

    A wolf doesnt concern himself with the happenings of a sheep. Steelers arent worried about Flacco or the Ravens they’re handling their own business.

  9. bmoritz2003 says: Feb 28, 2013 11:56 AM

    I meant to say “aren’t overly concerned” LOL

  10. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 28, 2013 11:57 AM

    Essentially, Steeler Nation is the best man has to offer.

  11. wrenches2pipes says: Feb 28, 2013 12:14 PM

    Wow, bad week for Flacco he loses 1.3 million thru no fault of his own. It tells you how crazy the salary issues are in the NFL.

  12. dachozen1 says: Feb 28, 2013 12:17 PM

    The last big time FA the Steelers had was Jerome Bettis. They may have gotten 10 Super Bowls if they ever had any money to go after FAs. They’ve over paid for too many players that are not producing. They are in the process of overpaying for 1 year, ok player Keenan Lewis who cant intercept a ball to save his life aka ( Ike Taylor 2.0). He is not a playmaker.

  13. joshdh2687 says: Feb 28, 2013 12:19 PM

    Actually the report is that Ben’s restructure will save close to $6 million in cap space. If you guys did your research you would have seen that Bouchette corrected his math and mistake and said its closer to 6 million now. Nice try though…

  14. stoogy says: Feb 28, 2013 12:21 PM

    This guy is not even worth the 3 million he saved the team. So whats this make the steelers 10 million over cap still?

  15. pencilmonkeymagic says: Feb 28, 2013 12:28 PM

    Phillip Rivers is one of the top 5 highest paid QBs?! What’s wrong with this picture?

  16. guitarkevin says: Feb 28, 2013 12:36 PM

    Hey Steely McBeam? That elitist attitude is going to be the downfall of your franchise if you don’t watchout. In case you haven’t noticed, the Ravens are dominating your team as of late. You better be concerned with our doings if you want to keep up.

  17. thebonus44 says: Feb 28, 2013 12:44 PM

    I love how people keep saying, these guys are such team players for restructuring their contracts!

    Get a clue, Ben didn’t do this out of the kindness of his heart. He gets more of his money now rather than later, in exchange the Steelers kick more money down the cap road, trying desperately to compete now. They’ll have to pay the piper soon enough.

  18. steelers1981 says: Feb 28, 2013 12:46 PM

    dachozen1 says:
    Feb 28, 2013 12:17 PM
    The last big time FA the Steelers had was Jerome Bettis. They may have gotten 10 Super Bowls if they ever had any money to go after FAs. They’ve over paid for too many players that are not producing. They are in the process of overpaying for 1 year, ok player Keenan Lewis who cant intercept a ball to save his life aka ( Ike Taylor 2.0). He is not a playmaker.
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    Actually the Steelers traded for Jerome Bettis. Ryan Clark & James Farrior were free agents as was james Harrison (though his case is little different)

  19. flaccodelic says: Feb 28, 2013 12:48 PM

    skarfacci says:
    Feb 28, 2013 11:43 AM
    Love him or hate him, Ben has always been a team first guy. I have to admit.

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    Really? Cause I could have sworn Hines Ward called him out a couple years back for not putting the team first.

  20. steelers1981 says: Feb 28, 2013 12:51 PM

    guitarkevin says:
    Feb 28, 2013 12:36 PM
    Hey Steely McBeam? That elitist attitude is going to be the downfall of your franchise if you don’t watchout. In case you haven’t noticed, the Ravens are dominating your team as of late. You better be concerned with our doings if you want to keep up.
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    Ravens split with Steelers last year and Steelers did not have #7 (who has a very good record against Ravens). They played 2 QB’s who are not very highly regarded even as back ups. Yes, this is what passes for dominance in Baltimore

  21. peytonwantsaflag says: Feb 28, 2013 12:52 PM

    He’s going to be regretting that in a couple years when he’s out of the league – and mark my words he will be out of the league. Ben’s body is deteriorating quickly and he’s not going to be able to adjust his play enough to keep from getting hurt.

  22. ravensallday2012 says: Feb 28, 2013 12:56 PM

    Keep saying ur not worried about the ravens. They r young and going to very dangerous again. Steelers are in a downward spiral. They don’t even like each other or care enough to try hard for there team. (Woodley)

  23. Just a Fan says: Feb 28, 2013 12:58 PM

    “Just an Average Joe” played over his head in a contract year……anything over $10 mil a year for the 18th overall QB is just too much. Any team can have a “everything aligned just right” season. The Cardinals made the Superbowl, Seahawks did too.

  24. scoobies05 says: Feb 28, 2013 12:59 PM

    thank you the bonus. no one willingly gives up money. all that money goes against the cap at some point. i am not knocking any team by the way. its just how it works

  25. damcmp says: Feb 28, 2013 1:04 PM

    I am not a math genius but neither is Bouchette.. I seem to remember $19.6 minus $16.6 equals $3

  26. fat4jc says: Feb 28, 2013 1:12 PM

    @flaccodelic – yeah, because Roethlisberger wouldn’t play with a concussion. Get your facts straight kid!

  27. pgh15212 says: Feb 28, 2013 1:14 PM

    flaccodelic says:Feb 28, 2013 12:48 PM

    skarfacci says:
    Feb 28, 2013 11:43 AM
    Love him or hate him, Ben has always been a team first guy. I have to admit.

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    Really? Cause I could have sworn Hines Ward called him out a couple years back for not putting the team first.

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    Ya, Ward called him out for not playing with a concussion against one of the hardest hitting teams in the league. How dare Ben.

  28. csilojohnson says: Feb 28, 2013 1:20 PM

    Don’t think the Steelers are to.concerned with Flacco. Despite Flacco’s One ring. (how cute) He has rarely caused the Steelers any problems. His play against Pitt is more on par with the backup QBs he has beaten. Steelers D owns Flacco. Numbers dont lie.

  29. joshdh2687 says: Feb 28, 2013 1:25 PM

    damcmp says:
    Feb 28, 2013 1:04 PM
    I am not a math genius but neither is Bouchette.. I seem to remember $19.6 minus $16.6 equals $3

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    It was changed to six million becuase Bouchette messed up the numbers. 6 million in cap space saved is now the correct number

  30. rockthered1286 says: Feb 28, 2013 1:49 PM

    steelers1981 says:
    Feb 28, 2013 12:51 PM
    Ravens split with Steelers last year and Steelers did not have #7 (who has a very good record against Ravens). They played 2 QB’s who are not very highly regarded even as back ups. Yes, this is what passes for dominance in Baltimore
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    No, winning the SuperBowl is what passes for dominance. Which we did. While Pitt sat at home and watched the postseason from their couches. And please don’t ignore the fact that Baltimore has made it to 2 AFCC’s and 1 SB in the past 2 years while Pitt hasn’t advanced past a Tebow driven Broncos team, while going 3-1 against the Steelers, who were almost swept by CLEVELAND this year. Ouch.

    And the way Ben played when he returned last year? You should be happy Batch played against Baltimore, or else it may have ended in yet another Big Ben pick 6.

  31. buzzbeaubank says: Feb 28, 2013 2:01 PM

    Since when do wolves go 8-8 and sheep win the Super Bowl?

  32. ItIsWhatitis says: Feb 28, 2013 2:06 PM

    With this and Bradys deal, Flacco just lost a million bucks!

  33. baltimoresnativeson says: Feb 28, 2013 3:04 PM

    Hey Steely McBeam? That elitist attitude is going to be the downfall of your franchise if you don’t watchout. In case you haven’t noticed, the Ravens are dominating your team as of late. You better be concerned with our doings if you want to keep up.
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    Ravens split with Steelers last year and Steelers did not have #7 (who has a very good record against Ravens). They played 2 QB’s who are not very highly regarded even as back ups. Yes, this is what passes for dominance in Baltimore

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    Man what are you talking about, Ben hasn’t beaten Joe since 2010. It’s now 2013. I realize he was hurt last year, but the last year he was healthy he got swept. Ravens won the division 2 years in a row and are the champs, so yes LATELY, the Ravens have dominated the Steelers. And before anyone say’s anything about Charlie Batch, Mighty Big Ben lost to Bruce freakin Grodkowski, “who?” exactly, Duds happen.

  34. neepo13 says: Feb 28, 2013 3:06 PM

    OR it could be that both teams are more concerned about their own issues right now. The Steelers were almost 20 million over the cap, they needed to clear cap space and do it fast. Take care of your own problems or cost a rival what amounts to less than 1% of cap space. It’s a no brainer. The same for the Patriots. They didn’t need the money as bad but they have two key cogs up for free agency in Welker and Volmer. Clearly signing those guys gives them a better edge than costing another team what amounts to pennies in the NFL.

    I still think your stretching the whole “stick it to the Ravens” storyline. At this point, teams don’t care when it doesn’t impact them directly.

  35. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 28, 2013 3:16 PM

    steelers1981 says:
    Feb 28, 2013 12:51 PM
    Ravens split with Steelers last year and Steelers did not have #7 (who has a very good record against Ravens). They played 2 QB’s who are not very highly regarded even as back ups. Yes, this is what passes for dominance in Baltimore
    __________________
    No, winning the SuperBowl is what passes for dominance. Which we did. While Pitt sat at home and watched the postseason from their couches. And please don’t ignore the fact that Baltimore has made it to 2 AFCC’s and 1 SB in the past 2 years while Pitt hasn’t advanced past a Tebow driven Broncos team, while going 3-1 against the Steelers, who were almost swept by CLEVELAND this year. Ouch.

    And the way Ben played when he returned last year? You should be happy Batch played against Baltimore, or else it may have ended in yet another Big Ben pick 6.

    Yup winning SB is dominance but doing it once is not a big deal skippy. Yes raven recent success is impressive but the way you and players are reacting (Suggs) the city of Baltimore should be ashamed. Grow up fan boy act like you won before…..you boring posturing is getting very old…yawn

  36. steelcurtainn says: Feb 28, 2013 3:51 PM

    Flacco didnt beat Big Ben until 2011, 4 years after he had been in the league. Big Ben has only lost to Flacco one year in 2011. Big Ben owns that Flacco.

  37. armadalolz says: Feb 28, 2013 3:53 PM

    Steely, you can’t quote Tywin Lannister when your team goes 8-8 and misses the playoffs.

  38. johntonioholmes says: Feb 28, 2013 4:21 PM

    Nofoolnodrool

    A) Roethlisberger put up Joe Flacco-type numbers upon his return, and he was clearly still injured (torn rib cartilage is easily a 6 month injury).

    B) The Ravens kind of (did) win because of awful officiating. Not to mention totally lucking out in Denver.

    Dominance, my butt.

  39. buzzbeaubank says: Feb 28, 2013 4:27 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says:Feb 28, 2013 3:16 PM

    Yup winning SB is dominance but doing it once is not a big deal skippy.
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    Twice. The Ravens have 2 rings. Same number as Pittsburgh since 1980, in half the time. When is that going to click?

  40. buzzbeaubank says: Feb 28, 2013 4:36 PM

    steelcurtainn says:Feb 28, 2013 3:51 PM

    Flacco didnt beat Big Ben until 2011, 4 years after he had been in the league. Big Ben has only lost to Flacco one year in 2011. Big Ben owns that Flacco.
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    But Joe did beat the Steelers in ’09 and ’10, so it’s not like Ben was 2-0 against Joe each year until sitting on his own balls on opening day ’11. It’s not his fault Ben was concussed in ’09 and suspended in ’10.

  41. bobzilla1001 says: Feb 28, 2013 4:44 PM

    steelcurtainn:
    Flacco has never played against Roethlisberger, nor has Roethlisberger ever played against Flacco… unless, of course, both were inserted into the their respective team’s defenses when no one, except for you, was looking.

  42. nysteelerfan says: Feb 28, 2013 5:34 PM

    buzzbeaubank says:
    Feb 28, 2013 4:27 PM
    Nofoolnodrool says:Feb 28, 2013 3:16 PM

    Yup winning SB is dominance but doing it once is not a big deal skippy.
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    Twice. The Ravens have 2 rings. Same number as Pittsburgh since 1980, in half the time. When is that going to click?
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    Half the time? Really? Ravens fans all seem to forget that they used to be the Cleveland Browns from 1946-1995. When is THAT going to click???

  43. buzzbeaubank says: Feb 28, 2013 5:35 PM

    johntonioholmes says:Feb 28, 2013 4:21 PM

    B) The Ravens kind of (did) win because of awful officiating. Not to mention totally lucking out in Denver.
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    Regarding awful officiating: Bill Leavy. Regarding luck: What is luck if it isn’t Carson Palmer going down in the 1st quarter or Big Ben barely tripping up Nick Harper while falling on his ass? Come on.

  44. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 28, 2013 5:51 PM

    buzzbeaubank says:
    Feb 28, 2013 5:35 PM
    johntonioholmes says:Feb 28, 2013 4:21 PM

    B) The Ravens kind of (did) win because of awful officiating. Not to mention totally lucking out in Denver.
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    Regarding awful officiating: Bill Leavy. Regarding luck: What is luck if it isn’t Carson Palmer going down in the 1st quarter or Big Ben barely tripping up Nick Harper while falling on his ass? Come on.

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    Buzz you and ravenator have something in common —- stupid He says it and you think it. Forget the Ravens are the Browns…click…click…click..

  45. buzzbeaubank says: Feb 28, 2013 5:54 PM

    nysteelerfan says:
    Feb 28, 2013 5:34 PM

    Half the time? Really? Ravens fans all seem to forget that they used to be the Cleveland Browns from 1946-1995. When is THAT going to click???
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    Fine, we’ll take their 4 championships in he ’50s. 6 rings!

  46. steelcurtainn says: Feb 28, 2013 6:44 PM

    at buzzbeaubank
    you do have a point that Flacco did beat the steelers in 09 and 10….. but still,……. it was without Big Ben playing. Your right it wasn’t Flaccos fault Ben wasn’t playing You cant dispute the fact that Big Ben could have also won them games but he never got the chance….This could have also given him an overall better record(6-2/5-1) then the head to head 4-2 record he has against Flacco now. Should be fun to watch in the future if these 2 qbs stay healthy.

  47. steelcurtainn says: Feb 28, 2013 6:53 PM

    @bobzilla
    Nice Try….yea Id like to see both them qbs play defense.. I dont think it would be pretty for either qb. I still know (head to head) steelers against ravens despite injury/suspension…….Big Ben still has the better record 4-2 against Flacco heading into the 2013 season.

  48. bobzilla1001 says: Feb 28, 2013 7:06 PM

    Steelcurtainn:
    Roethlisberger has the “better record” because he was the quarterback of the better team, especially defensively. I’m pretty sure Flacco has been the more successful of the two when Troy Polamalu hasn’t been in the Steelers’ starting lineup.

  49. ironman721 says: Feb 28, 2013 7:19 PM

    Hope they resign batch too, after the beat down he laid on the ravens last year.

  50. steel2372 says: Feb 28, 2013 9:22 PM

    guitarkevin

    How can you sit here and say Ravens dominated the Steelers last year? Batch put a beatdown on the Ravens. The Steelers dealt with alot of injuries last year to several key players including the Starting QB and starting lb’s and starting safety for several games. I wouldnt sleep on the Steelers.They are still a good team

  51. ibleedblackandgold1979 says: Feb 28, 2013 11:08 PM

    The ravens are the browns in different colors. Everyone knows it, regardless of whether the league acknowledges it or not. And the browns never won a Super Bowl. Ever. So if you want to compare Super Bowl wins between the Steelers and the ravens/clowns, go ahead. Looks like 6-2 to me. And how could the ravens claim to be a “new” franchise started in 1996 when they had the same front office, owner, and even some players as the browns the year before? Ridiculous.

  52. randallflagg52 says: Mar 1, 2013 6:18 AM

    steelers suck. Why are we even talking about an 8-8 loser team?

  53. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 1, 2013 3:43 PM

    randallflagg52 says:
    Mar 1, 2013 6:18 AM
    steelers suck. Why are we even talking about an 8-8 loser team?

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