December 23, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) looks on from the sidelines against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at Heinz Field. The Cincinnati Bengals won 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers Restructure Ben Roethlisberger's Contract


It comes as absolutely no surprise, but the Pittsburgh Steelers announced today that they have re-worked Ben Roethlisberger’s contract in a move that will save the team $6 million under the salary cap, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Roethlisberger joins inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons and wide receiver Antonio Brown as members of the roster that have restructured their deals to open up cap space.

The Steelers are still expected to look at linebacker James Harrison’s contract for a possible restructure to save even more money.

While the Steelers helped themselves with the re-do of Roethlisberger’s contract, they also helped the division rival Baltimore Ravens. Roethlisberger dropped from the top five quarterback salaries with his restructured deal and that drops the franchise tender to $19.134 million, which makes it a saving of $500,000 for the Ravens if they choose to use the tender on Joe Flacco.

Of course, the Ravens could just use the non-exclusive tag on Flacco.

Regardless of how it benefits the Ravens, Pittsburgh has worked aggressively to open up cap room and they have been successful.

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