We interrupt “As The Locker Room Turns” to bring you the Salary Cap Shuffle. In what has become a yearly tradition this time of year, the Pittsburgh Steelers are hard at work restructuring contracts in order to create space under the salary cap.
First up in the Salary Cap Shuffle was Lawrence Timmons. By restructuring Timmons’ deal, the Steelers managed to free up $5 million towards the salary cap.
Antonio Brown, in perhaps a sign of his willingness to bring togetherness and the spirit and meaning of kumbaya to the Steelers locker room, restructured his deal.
Not to be left out, Ben Roethlisberger restructured his deal, freeing up about $6 million. Big Ben’s restructured contract now has the Steelers near the $122 million salary cap. The Steelers may not be finished in the Salary Cap Shuffle, as it is rumored that LaMarr Woodley may restructure his deal as well.
And Now Back To “As The Locker Room Turns”
Speaking of Big Ben not wanting to be left out of things, the quarterback offered his two cents on the state of the locker room.
“Obviously, last year was frustrating for all of us, and when you’re frustrated and the season doesn’t go the way you want it to and things don’t go the way you want them to, things are said. I know all too well, after the Dallas game I was frustrated and said some things.
“The important thing to know is, there are no issues in our locker room. There are no issues with LaMarr. There are no issues on our team.
“The big thing for us is to move forward. Last year was last year, it was 8-8. We’re not happy about it. There are frustrations, but you know what? We’re done with it. We’re moving forward and we’re moving into this year … with whoever’s here, we’re looking to move forward. And we know Woodley’s going to be here and we know Woodley’s going to be ready to go as we all are going to be.”
It seems to me that Big Ben is just as tired of “As The Locker Room Turns” as I am. Hopefully that will be the final chapter in this soap opera.