The Steelers stated they will restructure Ben Roethlisberger’s contract, and it would provide temporary relief, but more damage in the future.
The old NFL salary cap was easily manipulated; fake years and guaranteeing salaries aren’t the magic tricks they used to be.
According to Mike Florio profootballtalk.com, a simple restructuring of the quarterback’s contract would be a band aid, not healing elixir. Florio writes:
‘Roethlisberger’s base salary is $11.6 million. The Steelers could drop it to the 10-year minimum of $940,000. The $10.66 million difference would then be converted to a guarantee, with the amount spread out over the final three seasons of his contract.
This would create $7.1 million in cap space. But it also would increase Roethlisberger’s cap number by $3.55 million in 2014 and 2015. With last year’s restructuring, that’s another $6.225 million to be carried in each of the final two seasons of Roethlisberger’s deal.
And with a base salary of $12.1 million due in 2014, it converts to a minimum cap number of $18.325 million next year.’