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For the Steelers, wanting to reduce quarterback Ben Rosliberg to another year is one thing. For the Steelers, paying him the entire $19 million he deserves in 2021 is another matter.
It is not clear whether the Steelers will try to get Rosliberg to reduce spending. If it’s just a matter of making money, this is a simple proposition: reduce his total salary from $19 million to a minimum of $175,000 for a veteran, and convert the remaining amount into a signing bonus that can be used over many years. As explained last month, a new four-year deal that includes three false years and a bonus of $17.925 million will reduce Roethlisberger’s 2021 cap from $41.25 million to $26.73 million.
This is a simple method that allows Roethlisberger to make every penny he can and minimize the burden of the hat. Except for one or two emails between the team and the agent, this does not require meetings and meetings.
Therefore, I would like to know if the Steelers want to reduce Roethlisberger’s 2021 salary to less than the $19 million he deserves. Although Roethlisberger said he doesn’t care about his salary, he certainly will. (He should.) So how much is he willing to pay before drawing a line in the sand?
Another possibility is to convert part of his 2021 salary into a so-called “unlikely to get” incentive mechanism. If Roethlisberger meets the payment trigger conditions, he can push the ceiling fee to 2021. This may be a middle ground. If Rosberg performs at a high enough level, it will allow him to earn $19 million in full income.
Regardless of the outcome, if Roethlisberger’s new contract is easy to find, it will be fine. Before we finish, we want to know whether we will end up in a deadlock.
No matter how it was played, the clock was ticking. Roethlisberger will receive a roster bonus of $15 million on March 19. No matter what the team and players do, they need to do so by March 19.
In fact, they need to do this before 4:01 PM Eastern Time on March 17. At that time, the Steelers will be required to be limited to the 2021 cap (no matter what level), and Rosliberg will be counted at $41.25 million in his current transaction.