‘Big Ben’ is the latest player to renegotiate deal with the Steelers.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have completed the restructuring of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s deal, according to the NFL network.
A league source confirmed that the new deal will save the Steelers $6 million in salary cap space, but essentially changes salary into bonus money after ‘Big Ben’ was set to net a $19.5 million cap hit.
Roethlisberger has led the Steelers to two Super Bowl victories since his emergence as a starter back in 2004, but failed to save them from a disappointing season last year where they finished 8-8 and missed out on the playoffs.
However, this latest restructuring negotiation sees the Steelers alleviate some pressure on their cap space as Roethlisberger was among 10 players that were scheduled to count $100 million against the team’s cap.
He won’t be alone in this set of restructuring negotiations, as team-mates Lawrence Timmons, LaMarr Woodley and receiver Antonio Brown are all expected to enter talks.
This is the third consecutive year that Roethlisberger has restructured his contract, and he will be hoping that this latest move allows the Steelers to make some moves in order to guarantee competitiveness next season.
His deal combined with the new contracts agreed with Timmons and Brown should see the Steelers fall below the salary cap, thus giving them some freedom in the free agency or draft to improve their roster.