|Antonio Brown could be a bigger part of the offense if Mike Wallace doesn't return. (USATSI)|
On Wednesday, Brown helped the Steelers untangle a precarious salary cap predicament by agreeing to restructure his contract for the 2013 season. The move reportedly will pare Brown's cap hit from $6.2 million to $3.12 million for the upcoming season, according to Pro Football Talk.
Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley has also agreed to restructure his 2013 contract, ESPN reported. The terms of Woodley's deal were not announced. Discounting Woodley's re-worked contract, the Steelers were roughly five million over the projected salary cap for the 2013 season even with Brown's reduced deal. Woodley, a one-time All-Pro linebacker, was set to earn a base salary of $9.0 million in 2013. Before Woodley's contract was restructured, his cap hit was scheduled to increase from $4.94 million in 2012 to $13.24 million next season.
Months after signing a six-year, $43.04 million contract, Brown finished with a career-high five touchdowns last season. Among receivers who appeared in at least 50 percent of their team's snaps, Brown ranked in the top 20 league-wide in yards after the catch (363) and catch percentage (67.3), according to Pro Football Focus. In the latter category, Brown ranked ahead of Anquan Boldin (60.2), Dwayne Bowe (55.1) and DeSean Jackson (61.3).
The Steelers could also restructure Ben Roethlisberger's contract by the end of this week, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The two-time Pro Bowl quarterback won't lose any money in the new deal, the Post-Gazette reported. Roethlisberger's $11.6 million base salary could be spread out in bonuses over the final three years of his contract to provide the Steelers with salary cap relief for 2013.
From 2008 until 2011, Woodley recorded 9.0 sacks or more for four straight seasons. In 2012, the former Michigan linebacker's sack total dipped to 4.0.
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