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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Source: Big Ben restructures deal

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The Pittsburgh Steelers completed the restructuring of Ben Roethlisberger's contract Thursday, clearing almost $6 million in salary cap space, a league source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The agreement to rework the quarterback's deal was earlier reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The reworking of his contract is similar to what the parties have done in previous offseasons to lower his salary-cap figure to alleviate pressure on the Steelers. Roethlisberger was among 10 Steelers players that was scheduled to count $100 million against the team's cap.

Other Steelers to also agree to restructure their deals this week include linebackers Lawrence TimmonsLaMarr Woodley and receiver Antonio Brown, according to sources.

This is the third straight year that Roethlisberger has restructured his contract. The new contract doesn't affect the money or length of his deal.

ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder, ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton and ESPN.com AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley contributed to this report.