In 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger signed a monster eight-year, $102 million contract that ensured he’d be in town for a very long time. Now, three years later, the NFL’s new salary cap is set at $120.4 million and the Steelers are currently about $10 million over that number. That’s not good.
Last week Pittsburgh had to cut veterans Max Starks, Flozell Adams and Antwaan Randle El because of cap issues. Luckily for the Steelers, Roethlisberger has agreed to re-structure his contract in order to help his team get under the cap.
Roethlisberger’s agent Ryan Tollner said the team approached him about the deal, but Tollner claims the restructuring won’t change the length or money involved. That means the Steelers will likely shift some cash around in the deal and do some creative accounting to make things fit for this year by adding money in others.
Roethlisberger has led the Steelers to two Super Bowl titles, and is coming off a year in which he played well despite sitting out the first four games of the season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. The 29-year-old threw for 3,200 yards and 17 touchdowns against just five interceptions. He also finished with a quarterback rating of 97.0.
Roethlisberger’s off-field issues are well documented, but when he came back last season, he kept his head down and went about his business. He performed well and seems to have cleaned things up off the field. Being willing to change up his contract to help his team will go a long way in the continuing process of rehabbing his image.