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.
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.