Steelers Roethlisberger Restructures… Again. But Is It Enough?

Thanks for the restructure, Ben. Let's just hope it's enough to keep Wallace. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Ben Roethlisberger helped his team greatly in getting under the salary cap by restructuring his contract.  This is the second time since he originally singed that contract back in 2008 that he has restructured.  This one will probably have a bigger impact than the first time.

The Steelers will save another $8 million against the cap with Big Ben’s restructure.  So here’s the breakdown: Ben ($8M) Woodley ($6.56M) Timmons ($5.14M) Ike ($3.283M) Colon ($2.85M) McFadden ($2.5M) Battle ($1.037M) Total: $29.37M Boom.  Kahn and the Rooney’s have come up with almost $30 million in two weeks.  My calculator is on fire.

So let’s see – the $29 million puts them under the cap.  But, will this be enough to get the real business done?  Now, August is far far away, but you’ve got to be thinking about the draft picks and what they will gobble up when it comes time to sign on the dotted line.  Steelers will probably need another $5 million to lock all those guys up.  In order for the Steelers to even consider retaining Wallace, they are going to have to make a few more cuts in order to come up with the money – Mike Wallace is going to cost $9 million with that franchise tag.  That’s some mad Benjamins but completely worth it with his speed and skills.

First on the list – Kemoeatu.  Captain Penalty.  Guy is dead weight if you ask me.  Worthless with a capital W.  If he’s not getting called for holding, then he’s letting the defense get by.  If he’s not false starting, he’s making late hits after the whistle.  Bye bye Kemo.

Aaron Smith, though it pains me to say, should probably be the next to go.  He’s getting old and injury prone.  Dude is fierce when healthy.  But, with Heyward going into his second year and the Steelers stating that they really want Hampton back the Steelers are in less of panic to keep Smith and risk another pick in the draft.  Those two guys (Smith and Kemo) would save the Steelers another $6 million.  Not the nine, they need for Wallace, but it’s another big step to get there.

I’ll also foresee guys like Foote and Farrior gone.  Low production and age are killing the inside on the defense right now.  Lose them, pick up some rookies and hope that Timmons will pick up the slack next season.  Colbert didn’t say it was a rebuilding year, but it sure ain’t a hellfire one either.  Next season is going to be a challenging one for the Black & Gold.  This year’s cap has helped set that one up.  But, the cap grows $10 million next season, which will only help them.  We may just have to accept the fact that we are going to keep losing some good players (and not so good) and hope that the team can rally with the new bold along with the old for a chance at the playoffs for the next year or so.

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  • steelergimp

    Kemo Van Oelhoffen? Nice article,you lost all creditability wih Steeler Fans. Kemo has retired years ago. Learn Steelers history before you allow this reporter to write again.

  • LOTUSMAN1

    If The Steelers can attain the services of ALL-PRO & Four time Pro-Bowl selection Carl Nicks of The New Orleans Saints they will HAPPILY part ways with “Captain Penalty”, Guard Chris Kemoeatu. They are going to offer Nicks a deal worth $32 Million Dollar$ over the next Four Years! AMBASSADOR Rooney returned to The Steelers Team Facility last week & met with Management for THREE DAYS in an attempt to RE-establish the Steelers “TRADITIONS & VALUES” that have long been a part of this PROUD Organization. Hopefully his words sunk in with Current Steelers Management & they will “RIGHT” the now slightly “LISTING” ship. The MASSIVE Re-structuring efforts of Veteran contracts was just a starting point to getting this Organization back on track. They will field a Super-Bowl Contending team next season, as they do EVERY season. But, the changes made @ The TOP (in Management) will be CLEARLY evident! The new Offensive Coordinator will seek to re-establish BALANCE to the Offensive Game Plan. The RUN will be a greater part of The Steelers “ATTACK”. This will NOT be easy by any means, as Running Back Rashard Mendenhall will be “On The Shelf” for the ENTIRE SEASON, after blowing out his knee in that now, MEANINGLESS Game in Cleveland in Week #17 of last Season. A Veteran Running Back may HAVE to be added in the Off- Season as well, as Isaac Redman & John Clay CANNOT take the load of a complete season, that season, (2012) will be more than the Sixteen game Regular Season schedule. I believe it will be a Nineteen Game Season, culminating in The Steelers ascending “THE STAIRWAY TO SEVEN!” Go Steelers!!