Roethlisberger restructures deal to create cap space

INDIANAPOLIS — Ben Roethlisberger has done his part to ease the Steelers’ considerable salary-cap burden.

Roethlisberger restructured his contract to create approximately $8 million in cap space, according to a league source.

It’s the latest in a series of contracts to be restructured in Pittsburgh,¬†where there is very real concern within the front office that they could lose WR Mike Wallace in free agency because of their financial limitations.

Citing what he called “serious issues” with the salary cap, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert has said the team will not re-sign any of its own free agents, including Wallace, before the March 13 start of free agency.

As of Feb. 6, the Steelers were $22.5 million over the cap, according to NFL.com research. The team has since restructured a number of contracts to create cap space, including those of OT Willie Colon and LBs LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons.

Veteran LB James Harrison also has expressed a willingness to re-work his current deal.

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