Steelers reportedly looking for cap relief by renegotiating deal with ‘Big Ben’.
According to Albert Breer of NFL.com, the Pittsburgh Steelers are attempting to renegotiate their deal with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Breer claims that the Steelers and Roethlisberger’s representatives have worked on restructuring the two-time Super Bowl champion’s contract, as they look to lessen the $19 million in salary cap space he will use next season.
Roethlisberger has led the Steelers to two Super Bowl victories since taking over in 2004, and has become one of the league’s most consistent quarterback over the years.
However, in order to win further titles the Steelers will want to work on something similar to that agreed between Tom Brady and the New England Patriots earlier this week, which freed up cap space to build around their star quarterback.
The Steelers are coming off the back of a disappointing season last year, where they finished 8-8 and missed out on the play-offs.
‘Big Ben’ remains a vital part of the franchise, despite being 30 he still passed for over 3,200 yards and 26 touchdowns while throwing just eight interceptions in 13 games last season.
However, Breer believes the deal with Roethlisberger will be renegotiated and an agreement could come as early as the end of the week. While reports suggest the Steelers would look to extend his contract next off-season, a source from the franchise said nothing had been done yet.
Roethlisberger’s cap number is the fourth highest in the NFL, behind Matthew Stafford, Eli Manning and Peyton Manning. The Steelers will be hoping he is open to a renegotiation in order to aid their bid to build another roster capable of winning another championship.