Posted by Will Brinson
Every team in the NFL is scrambling to get under the $120 million salary cap by the (still theoretical!) start of the year on Thursday, August 4. Which is precisely why the Steelers recently re-worked the contracts of superstars Ben Roethlisberger and James Harrison.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the two Steelers players have agreed to restructure their current deals in order to help the team get underneath the cap by the start of the league year.
"It was something for Ben to do," Ben's agent Ryan Tollner said. "The team needed to free up space and Ben was certainly happy to help out."
Roethlisberger signed an eight-year, $102 million deal back in March of 2008 and Harrison signed a six-year, $51.7 million deal in April of 2009.
This would normally be where we might say something like "good for these guys for doing the Steeler-like-thing by taking less money." But they're not doing that (although you can all but bet they'll be applauded for their selflessness).
Instead, Roethlisberger and Harrison are spreading the amount of money they'll earn over the course of a different time frame so that the Steelers can benefit in the long run.
Yes, this works just like any sort of money movement in that, eventually, there money will be paid and it'll be paid against the salary cap. It was just a matter of whether the Steelers felt like they could deal with the hit now or deal with it later.
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