Roethlisberger Doesn\’t Want To See Wallace Go & Hopes Haley Keeps Skeleton Of Offense

I meant to get this up the other day, but in case you missed it, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger recently sat down for a one on one interview with ESPN reporter and former Steeler running back Merril Hoge. In the interview Roethlisberger talked about the recent restructure of his contract, the potential loss of restricted free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace and is recent meeting with new offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

Hoge asked Roethlisberger about why he decided to restructure his contract and Ben replied, “Well I wanted to help the team. Anything I can do to help clear up some space. Obviously we were over the cap and I did it last year as well. They come to me, and it\’s kind of a no-brainer for me, because if I can alter my contract and renegotiate it and do some things to help the team out so we can sign some other guys, I\’m all for it. One of the big reasons I wanted to do it is to get Mike back here and I don\’t want to see him go. He\’s such a huge part of our offense and who we are in our identity and we need him back.”

Hoge then asked Roethlisberger if he has talked to Haley about some of his concerns about the new direction that the offense might take under Haley to which Ben replied, “Unfortunately we cant. We cant talk football. We have sat down and talked about golf, because he is a big golfer. We talked about his kids, about him being here as a ball boy. I didn\’t know that he used to be a Steelers ball boy a long time ago. So we\’ve been able to talk, just kind of ¬†personnel level, which I think is good. It\’s good start to hopefully a good relationship. I hope he doesn\’t wipe the whole slate clean and start brand new, because then it would be a challenge. But if he comes in and tweaks things even more, but ¬†keeps that skeleton going of what we have, then I think we can just hit the ground running.”

While I admire Roethlisberger for restructuring his contract, let\’s not lose sight that he benefited from it in getting his money up front (yes, bad choice of words I agree. Better choice of words is guaranteed up front.), and he did not lose anything by doing it. That is not a knock on him by any means, but I just wanted to clarify that. As far as his comments about the future of the offense, he has made it clear several times now that he is against Haley wiping the slate clean, but I am willing to bet that Haley takes those comments with a grain of salt. While the terminology might not change much, Haley said that himself, the overall offense certainly could and probably will. Haley is a very “my way” type of coach, he will keep what he deems needing to be kept and throw out what he deems is not needed.

None of the comments that Roethlisberger made during this short piece were earth shattering and I expect he will echo these seem comments over the next few months. He should be well aware however that they will fall on deaf ears. Hoge, who is one of his good friends, will listen to him, but that might be about it.

  • Dan

    Yeah the altruism does seem a little diminished when you realize they’ve just agreed to accept a big chuck of next year’s paycheck upfront. There must not be a precendent for this, but I’ve never figured out why a restructure isn’t offered at 97% or so of the amount. Surely a player or his advisors can figure out a way to earn a 2-3% return with money that is paid 8 months early. And certainly there is some value in exchanging a series of paychecks, for which you must survive training camp and the season, for a check in hand. Wouldn’t there be some takers for a $4.85 million dollar check-in-hand verses $5 mil in paychecks next fall?

    Then the Steelers would have another $150K in their cap and the player could a little more justly make the “help the team” boast.

  • Ron Jammes

    They don’t get it up front where did the Steelers say that? Its an accounting procedure

  • Wdmason

    Good post Dan. But they say Khan is the genius here.

  • johnstownjim

    I think someone better talk to colbert and get their facts straight. when a restructure takes place, the player does not get a check, the money that is moved up is paid out over a certain period of time , this was covered in an interview colbert did a while back, as for no one paying attention to a quarterbacks thoughts about the offense and the skills of the guys in the offense, I seriously question your reasoning for the comments you made, only hodge might pay attention, my guess is the closest you ever come to a situation such as an offense, co ordinator, quarterback, system style , is non resistant your snarkey comment says all anyone needs to know about your agenda, .

  • Hiddenaway

    Is it me or does Ben look fat? Looks like the weight is piling on this offseason. This is a QB headed towards his 30s.

  • dan

    When a restructure takes place all amendments to any aspect of remuneration would be explicitly spelled out including the conditions for and the timing of payments, so it could be anything the two sides agree. When I hear “converted to a bonus” I think it implies payment within a few days of the execution of the contract, but it certainly could be with any future date. It would be interesting to know those details. I could only find this example of what an actual contract may look like: (but I expect it would be more complex that this.) and this example of a contract proposal,, which is probably pretty close to term sheets exchanged during negotiations.

  • Dan

    Sure, keep a skeleton of the old offense. It’s the meat of the offense that’s rotten.