Steelers restructure Roethlisberger's contract

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throws against the Broncos at Mile High Stadium in Denver,...

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throws against the Broncos at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Col.,, Jan. 8, 2012. (MARC PISCOTTY/Reuters)

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have serious salary-cap issues, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger helped a bit by agreeing to restructure his contract.

The Steelers reconfigured Roethlisberger contract to create about $8 million in cap space, NFL.com reported Thursday, citing league sources.

The cap concerns have a direct impact on whether the Steelers can retain wide receiver Mike Wallace or lose him to free agency.

About two weeks ago, the Steelers were $22.5 million over the cap, according to NFL.com.

Since then the Steelers have restructured the contracts of several players, including offensive tackle Willie Colon and linebackers Lawrence Timmons and LaMarr Woodley.

Roethlisberger is the latest Steelers player to agree to a restructured contract, and there may be more.


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