Monday, August 1, 2011
Report: Roethlisberger to rework contract
By James Walker
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has said countless times that he's all about winning. On Monday, he took another step to prove it.
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Roethlisberger has agreed to restructure his $102 million contract to help the Steelers get under the salary cap. It is well-documented that Pittsburgh began the summer more than $10 million over the cap and needs to shave salaries by the end of this week to reach compliance.
Pittsburgh already has made several veteran cuts with receiver Antwaan Randle El and offensive tackles Max Starks and Flozell Adams. But Roethlisberger is Pittsburgh's highest-paid player, and his restructuring should go a long way to help Pittsburgh keep the rest of its veteran talent.
Several high-profile quarterbacks have taken less money or restructured deals to help their franchises, including Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and, most recently, Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts.