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Report: Steelers hope to rework deals for Big Ben, Lawrence Timmons

By Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
The Steelers plan to restructure Ben Roethlisberger's contract to help create salary cap space. (USATI)

The Steelers are trying to redo the contracts of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and linebacker Lawrence Timmons, and the deals could be finalized by week's end, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

The moves could create $9 million in salary cap room, but neither player would receive less money. They'd get large portions of their 2013 salaries as bonuses, which would spread the cap hit.

The Steelers want to move fast so they can entertain free-agent wideout Steve Breaston later this week.

Roethlisberger's cap figure would be $19.6 million this year, fourth-highest in the NFL, if his deal isn't changed. He would trail only Matthew Stafford, Eli Manning and Peyton Manning in cap numbers.

Ten Steelers account for more than $100 million in cap space, and the team is about $14 million over the $121 million salary cap.

That will make it tricky for the team to retain linebackers James Harrison and Larry Foote. Coaches reportedly want Harrison back, but not for the $6.6 million he's scheduled to earn this season.

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