Steelers Start Contract Restructuring Talks With Agents

If any of the news below shocks you then I would like to welcome you back from your stay underneath a rock.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports on Tuesday that the Pittsburgh Steelers are currently working with agents to restructure the contracts of a few players in order to get themselves underneath the salary cap by the March 12 deadline. At the top of the list, as expected, is quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who is scheduled to earn a base salary in 2013 of $11.6 million.

Other players that could wind up being restructured are Lawrence Timmons, LaMarr Woodley and Antonio Brown and here is my post from late last December that shows you the money that can be saved by restructuring each of those four players.

Bouchette also added in his report that the Steelers met with Bill Parise, the agent for linebacker James Harrison, during the combine in Indianapolis to discuss the future of his client. Parise reportedly told the paper that the two sides did not discuss Harrison restructuring his contract or taking a pay cut and that they are expected to meet again in the future.

Harrison is scheduled to earn a base salary of $6.57 million in 2013 and is at the top of the list of candidates that become cap causalities in a matter of a few weeks.

  • steeltown

    Hmm.. I dont see how he wouldnt have to restructure or take a paycut.. he’d have to do one of the two.. me thinks the next meeting might be the last

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Maybe redo Harrison’s contract for 2 years and try to save a couple million this year. We need Harrison IMO because I do not see the heir to his position so we need to do something to save cap space but also keep Harrison.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    there reporting Timmons restructured his contract already and will save us 5 million on our cap

  • mjfsteeler

    Why not add a dummy year to some contracts so to speak? Give Harrison & Keisel an extra year to turn their current salaries into signing bonuses that can be spread out? Aside from Woodley going Houdini, the biggest mystery to me is why Debo didn’t get surgery during OTA’s or mini camp last year? Last month he was playing like himself!