Pittsburgh Steelers, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger plan to restructure contract

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws a pass against the Cleveland Browns during the second half of the game at Heinz Field. The Steelers won the game, 24-10. (Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports)

Just one day after it was first reported that Patriots’ star Tom Brady had agreed to restructure his contract to keep New England far under the salary cap for the next two seasons, Ben Roethlisberger is poised to do the same with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

According to NFL Network’s Albert Breer, both Roethlisberger’s representatives and the Steelers brass are poised to meet this week to discuss terms in order to provide substantial cap relief for the organization.

As it currently stands, Roethlisberger is scheduled to count $19.6 million against the Steelers’ salary cap in 2013. Including their signal-caller, Pittsburgh has 10 players counting more than $100 million on their cap.

Obviously, the Steelers would like to push some of the money they owe Roethlisberger onto future years of his contract.

While the projected terms of any agreement have not been released, the deal should not actually add any more years onto the two-time Super Bowl champion’s contract, but rather simply provide cap relief in the very short term.

Following an incredibly disappointing 2012 season which saw the Steelers miss out on the playoffs, the move will help the organization bring in free agents, as well as bring back some of the players they would like to re-sign. Following a few injury-filled years for running back Rashard Mendenhall and the uncertainty of using guys like Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redmond, the team may look to bring in a bruiser such as Steven Jackson, who recently opted out of his contract with St. Louis in order to test the free agent market.

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