Every team in the NFL tried to create cap room this time of the year. The Pittsburgh Steelers are no different. One of their biggest cap hitters is quarterback Ben Roethlisberger with hits of $18.895 and $18.395 million over the final two years of his current contract. Many figure the orginazation will restructure their franchise quarterback’s contract to extend it, But owner Art Rooney isn’t exactly guaranteeing it.
Via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Rooney said that Roethlisberger knows “our intention is we want him here beyond this contact.” But Rooney said that’s “not set in stone . . . it’s not something that’s automatic.”
If the Steelers keep Roethlisberger at $12.1 million in 2014 and $11.6 million in 2015 he’d be a little older when he was able to test the free agent market, but if they use the franchise tag in 2016 he’d be entitled to a 20-percent raise of his $18.395 million cap number, which equates to $22.074 million. The Steelers could ask him to do another simple reconstructing which would take some of his $12.1 million salary and turn it into an offseason signing bonus in which only half the amount would count against this year’s salary cap.
There are a ton of different scenarios that could pan out. Only time will tell, but when it comes to money and quarterbacks, anything could happen.
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