3 Steelers that could be extended after Roethlisberger’s new deal

Tyson Alualu #94 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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Ben Roethlisberger is now confirmed to be returning as the starting quarterback for the Steelers. The veteran agreed to a new deal that saves cap space for the upcoming season.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have accomplished what they set out to do at the beginning of the offseason. The first major task was to find cap space and get under the cap ceiling. That is only the first step in their plans. The next move will be to find ways of lowering that number as much as possible to re-sign players and bring in free agents on the open market.

By signing Roethlisberger to a new deal, the team will benefit from its savings. Now his cap number has decreased and the team can now go forward knowing two things. One being their starting quarterback will be on the team next year. Two, they can start negotiating with free agents of their own to try and bring them back. Even with Roethlisberger’s new deal, this will be no easy task for the Steelers going forward.

The black and gold will have to restructure more players like Stephon Tuitt, Chris Boswell, Derek Watt, and others to gain more money to spend. Other extensions could occur to a player like Steven Nelson to lower his cap number in the upcoming season. These moves will give the team a better chance of bringing back their own talent.

If you are in the crowd of not bringing Big Ben back for another season then you want to go with the unstable route. He still had a nice season that ended very poorly. Getting rid of him would bring the quarterback position into question for the immediate and potentially long future.