Like Ike Taylor, LaMarr Woodley, Lawrence Timmons, and Willie Colon, Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has agreed to restructure his contract to help the team gain some much-needed salary cap relief.
When the 2011 season ended, the Steelers were proportedly between 15 and 20 million dollars over the NFL’s projected 2012 salary cap. The 2012 salary cap goes into effect just before the mid-March free agent signing period, and no team may be over the cap.
With the Roethlisberger restructuring the Steelers gained 8 more million dollars, and are believed to be at or very close to the salary cap.
Not Out of the Woods Yet….
The Steelers, however, are far from out of the woods. They still have several of their own free agents that they would like to resign, Mike Wallace being chief amoung them, and to do that they’ll need to clear more cap space, in addition to needed space to sign their draft picks.
The Steelers have already parted ways with Arnz Battle and Bryant McFadden, and General Manager Kevin Colbert indicated that further cuts are to come.
Speaking at the NFL scouting combine, Colbert clarified that the Steelers will not make those moves until the NFL clarifies what the final cap number is to be.
Chris Kemoeatu is said to be on his way out and a strong possiblity remains that Hines Ward will also be released.